Bill Nelson - 3/7/2007 Pol Sci-1101-JW Florida Senator Bill...

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3/7/2007 Pol Sci-1101-JW Florida Senator Bill Nelson Bill Nelson was born in 1942, in Miami, Florida. He went to the University of Florida, before finishing his bachelors at Yale University. After graduation, he went into the U.S. Reserves for 6 years, while also earning a degree in law at the University of Virginia. After serving in the Reserves, Bill started his political career in the Florida House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1971 for 7 years. Advancing his career further, he went on to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 to 1991. In 1986 he became the second member of Congress ever to travel into space. After losing the Nomination for Florida Governor in 1990, Bill served as the Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner of Florida until 2000, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, a position he is a currently holding. Now, as a member of the U.S. Senate, Bill is part of several committees. Senator Nelson is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Foreign Relations, Intelligence and Aging committees. He is also a member of 10 sub- committees, including the Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences Subcommittee, which he is the chairman of. The commerce committee is in charge of consumer affairs, and the committee also deals with issues that directly affect Florida’s economy. Issues such as these include NASA, and tourism. Outer Space is something that Bill is fixated with. Since he has flown into space on the Space Shuttle Columbia, he has experience and first hand knowledge on the
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subject. He is very much in favor of NASA, although some critics say he is too biased and should be more independent on the subject, since he is the chairman of the committee that resides and checks over NASA. Nelson was been called "NASAs biggest fan when you get right down to it," by the New York Times in 1986. In 2000, he told Florida Today "In my lifetime, what I want to see is a mission from Planet Earth to Planet Mars with an international crew that returns safely," His priorities are definitely aligned with space travel. Bill is trying to make more legislative funding for NASA. Nelson is also a big part of the Armed Services Committee. He is the chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee and a member of two other subcommittees for the Armed Services. The Armed Forces Committee is primarily concerned with the development of new weapons systems or military operations, the common defense, and military research. [1] A typical day for Bill Nelson usually begins at 5:30a.m, where he jogs for 2 miles. At 9:30 a.m., after breakfast and a Democratic Leadership Council meeting, Nelson goes
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