Bill Nelson

Clarence William Nelson II is an American politician and attorney serving as the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration . Nelson previously served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2001 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978 and in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1991. In January 1986, Nelson became the second sitting member of U.S. Congress to fly in space, after Senator Jake Garn, when he served as a payload specialist on mission STS-61-C aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Before entering politics he served in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Vietnam War. Wikipedia*

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Bill Nelson has 1,437 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1983 House Proceeding as a Democratic Representative for Florida's 11th district. The year with the most videos was 2009 with 121 videos as a Democratic Senator for Florida. The year with the highest average number of views per program was 1984 with an average of 7,199 views per program. Most appearances with Chuck Schumer (12), Dianne Feinstein (8), Hillary Clinton (7). Most common tags: Space, Florida, Senate.

Appearances by Title:May 3, 2021 - Present Administrator, NASA

Videos: 26 c. January 1, 1979 - Present Commissioner, Insurance

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U.S. Senator, D-FL January 3, 2001 - January 3, 2019 Videos: 1,357 U.S. Senate Candidate,
c. August 14, 2000 - November 7, 2000 Videos: 5 U.S. Representative, D-FL 9th January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983 Videos: 2 U.S. Representative, D-FL 11th January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1991 Videos: 42

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