Jeb Bush

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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. While no plans have been officially announced, Bush is rumored to be interested in running for president 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]

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




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

Bush is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. When Bush was asked what his plans were for 2016 during a school benefit in New York on April 23, 2014, he said, "I'm thinking about running for president." He told the audience he would make a decision by the end of 2014.[3]

On April 19, 2013, President George W. Bush stated that he hoped Jeb would consider running for president and would not "be afraid of entering the arena" because of the family name.[4]

Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed his support for Bush in an interview on September 28, 2014. He said, "I'm not endorsing anybody. But Jeb Bush is my friend and, frankly, I think he'd make a great president."[5]

Seventeen presidents have also served as governors.[6]



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.[7]


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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