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Jeb Bush

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See also: Jeb Bush possible presidential campaign, 2016
Jeb Bush
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Governor of Florida
Former officeholder
In office
PredecessorBuddy MacKay
High schoolPhillips Academy
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1953
Place of birthMidland, Texas
ProfessionBusinessman, politician
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (b. on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas) served as the governor of Florida from 1999-2007. Bush is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

Prior to serving as governor, Bush founded the non-profit organization Foundation for Florida's Future, served as Florida's commerce secretary and worked in real estate development.[1]


Bush was born in Midland, Texas, and like his father (George H.W. Bush) and older brother (George W. Bush), he attended Phillips Academy, a private school in Massachusetts. During his time at Phillips, he participated in a study abroad program teaching English in Mexico.[2] He earned a degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bush's academic, professional and political career:[2][1]

  • 2013: Co-authored book Immigration Wars released
  • 2007: Founded Jeb Bush & Associates consulting group
  • 1999-2007: Governor of Florida
  • 1995-Present: Founder and chair of the Foundation for Florida's Future
  • 1994: Lost in the general election to be governor of Florida
  • 1988: Resigned post to help on George H.W. Bush's presidential campaign
  • 1987-1988: Florida Commerce Secretary




See also: Jeb Bush possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

Bush is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Bush posted the following comments on his Facebook page on December 16, 2014: "I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States. In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America."[3]

On April 19, 2013, former President George W. Bush said that he hoped his brother Jeb would consider running for president and would not "be afraid of entering the arena" because of the family name.[4] Seventeen presidents, including George W. Bush, have also served as governors.[5]



See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

On July 23, 2014, Bush called for Congress to take action on the surge in illegal immigration. He labeled the surge the "latest consequence of the failure of President [Barack] Obama and Congress to overhaul America’s broken immigration system." He stated that with the exception of those who were victims of sex trafficking, the unaccompanied minors needed to be sent home.[6]


Bush is married to his wife Columba, with whom he has a three children. His father and brother are former presidents of the United States.[1]

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