NASA Statement on Nomination of Bill Nelson for Agency Administrator

Former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, appears before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. Credit:  NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk released the following statement after the nomination by President Joe Biden of Bill Nelson to serve as the 14th NASA administrator:

“I’m pleased President Biden has nominated former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to lead our agency. Bill has a proven history of supporting our work here at NASA and has helped advance America’s position in human exploration, science, aeronautics, and technology. While the Senate must confirm the nomination, I look forward to continuing to work with Bill and the Biden-Harris administration to carry out NASA’s many critical missions in the years to come.”

Nelson represented Florida in the Senate from 2001–2019 where he served as ranking member on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Previously, he represented Florida’s 9th and 11th Congressional Districts in the U.S. House of Representatives. While chair of the House space subcommittee, Nelson flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia as a payload specialist on the STS-61C mission in 1986. He was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council by former Administrator Jim Bridenstine in May 2019.

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