Romney calls for bigger U.S. Navy

Romney calls for bigger U.S. Navy

PENSACOLA, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took his call for a bigger Navy Saturday to Florida, home of Naval Air Station Pensacola.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Florida officials say they will ask for more than $26 million in federal aid this week after the summer's record rainfall left behind damage in seven counties.
Republican rips into vets jobs bill

Republican rips into vets jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A senior Republican U.S. senator Wednesday dismissed a veterans jobs bill put forward by Democrats as just political posturing.

Heart patient helped by senators dies

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Jim Kuhn, a Florida heart patient who involved three U.S. senators in helping him get a heart pump, has died, his brother announced Wednesday.

Woman charged in anthrax letter hoax

JASPER, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- A Florida woman was indicted for mailing fake anthrax letters to government officials and the state's two U.S. senators, the U.S. attorney's office said.

LeMieux leaves Florida Senate race

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- George LeMieux announced in a video to supporters Wednesday he has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
U.S. to ban invasive snake species

U.S. to ban invasive snake species

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. government Tuesday banned the import and interstate transportation of four non-native constrictor snake species that threaten sensitive ecosystems.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
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Sen. Nelson in Islamic donation dispute

Sen. Nelson in Islamic donation dispute

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The re-election campaign of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has become entangled in a dispute over whether an ardent Islamic activist made a political contribution.
Boeing to create space capsule in Florida

Boeing to create space capsule in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Boeing Co. will manufacture its CST-100 spacecraft for launches to the International Space Station in Florida under an agreement with NASA, the agency says.
Connie Mack to run for U.S. Senate

Connie Mack to run for U.S. Senate

FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., has decided to run for the U.S. Senate next year, a senior adviser said.
U.S. senators receive suspicious letters

U.S. senators receive suspicious letters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- The FBI said it has opened an investigation into the mailing of harmless powder sent to both of Florida's U.S. senators this week.

LeMieux announces for Fla. Senate seat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- George LeMieux says he's running for the U.S. Senate, joining a likely crowded Republican field challenging Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
GOP courts Scarborough for Senate

GOP courts Scarborough for Senate

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, denied Friday reports he has been talking to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough about a potential Senate run in Florida.

Extra shuttle mission this year in doubt

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Delays in the space shuttle Discovery's mission for repairs to its fuel tank raise doubts about an extra shuttle mission this year, U.S. officials say.
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Bill Nelson
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) arrives at the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting in Washington on May 31, 2008. The meeting will determine how and if the DNC will count the primary delegates from Michigan and Florida. Michigan and Florida moved the date of the Democratic primary vote ahead of what was approved by the DNC, causing the votes from their primaries to be disqualified according to DNC rules. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Clarence William "Bill" Nelson (born September 29, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from the state of Florida. A member of the Democratic Party, he is a former U.S. Representative and former Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner of Florida. He is a leader in air and space policy, and in 1986, he became the second sitting member of the United States Congress to fly in space.

Born in Miami, Nelson attended the University of Florida before transferring to Yale University. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Virginia. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve; he served on active duty from 1968 to 1970, attaining the rank of captain, and left the following year. Nelson was admitted to the Florida bar in 1968, and began practicing law in Melbourne in 1970. In 1971, he worked as legislative assistant to Governor Reubin Askew.

In 1972, Nelson was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He won re-election in 1974 and 1976. Nelson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He served in the U.S. House from 1979 to 1991. In January 1986, he flew as a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. After a failed gubernatorial race in 1990, he successfully ran for the office of Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner of Florida in 1994 and served for six years. In 2000, Nelson ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Connie Mack. In the Senate he is generally considered a social moderate and economic liberal. He was re-elected in 2006 with 60 percent of the vote.

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