Is Bill Nelson Married? His Bio, Age, Wife, Salary, Height

Is Bill Nelson married? Yes, he is. His wife’s name is Grace Cavert. They met his future wife in the year 1971 through his former Yale roommate, Bruce Smathers. His friend arranged a date between them and the pair was very clear that they were made for each other. They married in 1972 and surprisingly, they are together for the last 51 years. From their married life, Nelson and his wife are blessed with two children (sons) named Charles William “Bill Jr.” Nelson and Nan Ellen Nelson.

Who is Bill Nelson?

Born as Clarence William Nelson II, he landed on the planet on September 29, 1942, which makes his age be 81 years old as of 2023. By profession, he is one of the renowned American attorneys and politicians. However, most people recognize him as the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His past experience shows him to have served as a United States Senator from Florida (2001 – 2009) and became a member of the United States House of Representatives (1979 – 1991) and the Florida House of Representatives (1972 – 1978). It might be interesting to our audience explore the fact that Nelson worked in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Vietnam War.

Early Life

Nelson was born in 1942 and his place of birth is in Miami, Florida, the United States. Regarding his family background, he was born to parents named Clarence William Nelson (father) and Nannie Merle Nelson (mother). When he was 14, his father died and his mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) when he was 24. At the age of 17, he became International President of Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club International where he served until 1960.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson


Regarding his ethnic background, Nelson is of Scottish, English, Danish and Irish descent.


Nelson spent most of his early days in Melbourne, Florida. He joined Melbourne High School and used to regularly visit Baptist and Episcopal churches. For his higher education, he was enrolled at the University of Florida. While there, he served as a member of Florida Blue Key and Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. However, he decided to take transfer to Yale University where he received his BA degree with a major in political science in 1965. In 1968, he obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Early Career

In his early career, he joined the United States Army Reserve as the country was engaged in the Vietnam War. From 1968 to 1970, he served on active duty where he attained the rank of captain. In 1968, he got admitted to the Florida bar and started a new journey of practicing law in Melbourne. To Governor Reubin Askew, he became a legislative assistant in 1971.

NASA Career

He was appointed to serve on NASA’s advisory council on May 28, 2019. He was selected for the position of NASA Administrator on March 18, 2021, which was announced on the following day by President Joe Biden. Astronaut Pamela Melroy is working under him as deputy administrator of NASA.

How tall is Bill Nelson?

Bill Nelson stands at a tall height of 5 feet and 8 inches as per some online sources. He is said to have a balanced weight of 79 Kilograms.

Salary and Net worth

Being NASA Administrator is one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. His salary is said to be US$189,000 and has amassed an estimated net worth of US$2 million.

Wiki and Facts

The biography of Bill Nelson is maintained by various wiki sites like Wikipedia. The 14th NASA Administrator is active on Twitter @SenBillNelson where he has garnered over 357k followers.

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