U.S. Senate (FL)

Today there are 100 senators in the U.S. Congress. Each state, regardless of population, is represented by 2 senators. Senators serve staggered six year terms. Florida became the 27th state to join the Union on March 3, 1845.

The U.S. Senate is one of two parts, the other being the House of Representative, that comprise the U.S. Congress. Unlike the House of Representatives, the Senate has the powers of consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting/confirming appointments of Cabinet Secretaries, Federal Judges, and other Federal Executive Officials, Military Officers, regulatory officials, Ambassadors, and other Federal Uniformed Officers, as well as trail of federal officials impeached by the House.


Current U.S. Senate Party Standings as of January 3, 2011

Democratic Party 51  
Republican Party 47  
Independent Party 2 Both caucus with the Democratic Party


U.S. Congress Florida Senators

SenatorAssumed OfficeUp For Re-ElectionFirearm IssuesCommittee(s)
Bill Nelson (D) January 3, 2001 November 6, 2012 Poor Rating U.S. Senate Budget; Commerce; Finance; Intelligence and Aging
Marco Rubio (R) January 3, 2011 November 6, 2016 Pro-Gun Commerce; Science and Transportation


Firearms and the Right to Bear Arms

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Nelson opposes absolute right to gun ownership.

Senator Nelson voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrack trains.

Senator Nelson voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership.

Senator Nelson voted YES on prohibiting Lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

Senator Nelson voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.

Senator Nelson wants to prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology.

Senator Marco Rubio

"...I believe the 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. I believe the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right. The right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected." - Senator Marco Rubio

B+ score by the National Rifle Association on pro-gun rights policies.

Senator Rubio opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.


Sources from Senate.gov, On The Issue, and Wiki.