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politician , Member of the Florida House of Representatives

Bryan Nelson is a Republican member of the , representing the 31st District, which includes the cities of Apopka, Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, and Umatilla in northern Lake County and northern Orange County, since 2012.

Background

Nelson was born in Orlando and attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in ornamental horticulture in 1979.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture, University Florida, 1979.

Career

For other people named Bryan Nelson, see Brian Nelson (disambiguation)\r\nAfter graduation, he returned to Central Florida, where he worked in his family's business, Nelson's Florida Roses. Nelson then started Nelson Insurance Services in 1995 as a means of providing his family's business with insurance, and it expanded from there. In 2002, he was appointed to the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission, and served as its Chairman in 2006.

When incumbent State Representative Fred Brummer was unable to seek another term in the legislature and instead opted to run for the , Nelson ran to succeed him in the 38th District, which was based in northern Orange County, stretching from Apopka to Ocoee, Orlando, and Maitland. The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Thompson over Nelson, observing, "e better appreciates the important issues facing the district than does his opponent," and criticizing Nelson for not protecting the Wekiva River and for not supporting property-insurance reforms. Nelson ran on a platform of "repealing parts of SB 550, which would impose a five-year inspection schedule on septic tanks," which he said would lead to a "bureaucratic and costly nightmare" and on supporting SunRail, which Heinzeilman vocally opposed.

In 2013, Nelson announced that he would run for the in District 2 to replace term-limited Commissioner Fred Brummer, whom he previously replaced in the legislature.

Achievements

  • He won the Republican primary and the general election entirely uncontested. Despite this fact, Nelson won his second term over Thompson by a solid margin of victory, winning 54% of the vote to Thompson's 43% and Fisher's 3%. Ultimately, Heinzelman did not prove to be a significant challenge for Nelson, and he won re-election with 82% of the vote.

    In 2012, when the legislative districts were redrawn, Nelson was moved into the 31st District, which, like his previous district, was based in Apopka, but unlike his previous district, stretched into northern Lake County and won re-election to his fourth term entirely unopposed.

Politics

There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.

Views

Methodist member is very much a folk theologian who should speak 'plain truth to plain people'.

Quotations: "repealing parts of SB 550, which would impose a five-year inspection schedule on septic tanks,".

Membership

Member Habitat for Humanity, since 2007. Member of Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce (president 2003), Florida Foliage Association 1992, Apopka Rotary Club (Rotarian of Year 1998).

Connections

Married Debbie Nelson. Children: Reed, Linda.

spouse:
Debbie Nelson

children:
Linda Nelson

Reed Nelson