Senator Bill Nelson

State Florida
Party Democratic
Term 3rd
Committees Commerce, Science & Transportation (Subcommittee on Science and Space, (Chair)), Special Committee on Aging (Chair); Budget; Finance; Armed Services; Select Committee on Intelligence; Deputy Whip
Quote from Website “Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, he has stopped oil companies from drilling in vital military training areas and off of Florida’s beaches, has been a tireless champion for restoring the Everglades and has helped revitalize the nation’s deep-space exploration program. Nelson also sponsored the law that directs fines collected from BP after the oil spill back to the Gulf Coast communities.”



Leadership: Over the past six years, Senator Nelson has been a steadfast defender of ocean habitat. He has led a bipartisan effort (along with Republican Senator Olympia Snowe) to develop a national strategy with regional action plans for fighting harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. Also known as Red Tides and Dead Zones, these issues plague Florida’s Gulf coast, killing fish and coral reefs while devastating coastal communities that depend on tourism. Senator Nelson has also fought hard against expanding offshore drilling any closer to Florida’s coastline. He knows there are fishing and tourism jobs that would be lost to another oil spill. Finally, Senator Nelson was instrumental in ensuring that the recently passed RESTORE Act directed a significant share of its resources to the coastal habitat that was most directly impacted by BP’s oil spill.

Senator Nelson has a long track record of working for Floridians and the industries they depend on for jobs and economic growth. He knows that healthy Gulf and ocean ecosystems are a vital part of Florida’s future, and has proven time and again that he is an ocean champion.

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