The senior Senator from Florida, Bill Nelson is a prominent member of the Democratic leadership within Congress. He was first elected to office in 1972 in the Florida House. In 1978, Nelson made a successful bid for federal office and soon became one of the first office-holders to fly into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. After failing to secure the governorship of his state, he took the office of Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner. In 2000, he took over the Senate seat from outgoing Republican Connie Mack.

Senator Nelson’s bid for reelection centers around a campaign supporting a “citizen revolt” against the Republican-led Congress. Among the top issues the Senator addresses is a push for regulators to make a more concerted effort to protect American consumers and for the Justice Department to make probes into new voting laws that possibly disenfranchise citizens.

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