Media outlets in Florida and Washington, D.C. are reporting that former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be the Biden administration’s pick to lead NASA — the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Nelson, a Democrat and longtime politician well known in Florida, has served a variety of roles over the decades, from a state House member to a state agency to the U.S. Senate, where he spent nearly two decades in Congress.
In 2018, Nelson lost to then-Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, in a close battle for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Biden is “expected to nominate” Nelson for the next administrator of NASA.
The Post also wrote: “If approved by the Senate, Nelson would be the second consecutive NASA chief to come from Congress and would give NASA a leader with close ties to the Oval Office. Nelson was a key Biden supporter during the presidential campaign and has a long personal relationship with the president…
“Nelson flew in the space shuttle in 1986 and oversaw NASA’s space programs while in Congress. He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about space and NASA, an agency he has long cherished. But the choice is disappointing to many who were hopeful that the next NASA administrator would be the first woman to serve in the top position.”