Jeb Bush

July 13, 2015
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Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at Southern Republican Leadership Conference May 2015 by Michael Vadon 16.jpg
Jeb Bush at Southern Republican Leadership Conference May 2015
43rd Governor of Florida
In office
January 5, 1999 – January 2, 2007
Lieutenant Frank Brogan (1999–2003)
Toni Jennings (2003–2007)
Preceded by Buddy MacKay
Succeeded by Charlie Crist
Florida Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 6, 1987 – September 9, 1988[1]
Governor Bob Martinez
Personal details
Born John Ellis Bush
February 11, 1953 (age 62)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Columba Bush (m. 1974)
Relations See Bush family
Children George
John Ellis
Parents George H. W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
Residence Coral Gables, Florida
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
Profession Banker, Consultant
Religion Episcopalian (Before 1995)
Roman Catholic (1995–present)
Signature Cursive signature in ink

John EllisJebBush (born February 11, 1953) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

Bush grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and attended the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs. Following his father’s successful run for Vice President in 1980, he moved to Florida and pursued a career in real estate development. In 1986, Bush was named Florida’s Secretary of Commerce, a position he held until his resignation in 1988 to help his father’s successful campaign for the Presidency.

In 1994, Bush made his first run for office, narrowly losing the election for governor by less than two percentage points to the incumbent Lawton Chiles. Bush ran again in 1998 and defeated Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay with 55 percent of the vote. He ran for reelection in 2002 and won with 56 percent to become Florida’s first two-term Republican governor.[2] During his eight years as governor, Bush was credited with initiating environmental improvements, such as conservation in the Everglades, supporting caps for medical malpractice litigation, moving Medicaid recipients to private systems, and instituting reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.[3][4]

Frequently cited by the media as a possible candidate for president in the 2016 election, Bush announced in mid-December 2014 that he would explore the possibility of running for President.[5][6][7] Bush subsequently launched his presidential campaign on June 15, 2015 in Miami, Florida.[8][9][10]

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