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
BirthdayFebruary 11, 1953
Place of birthMidland, Texas
ProfessionBusinessman, politician
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (b. on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas) was formerly the governor of Florida. 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 a non-profit, 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


2016 Presidency

See also: Jeb Bush presidential campaign, 2016

When asked during a school benefit in New York on April 23, 2014, what his immediate plans were for 2016, Bush stated, "I'm thinking about running for president." He told the audience he would make a decision by the end of 2014.[3] The former Florida governor and younger brother of President George W. Bush, would be the first brother of a president to run for the office since Robert Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in 1968. He is also the son of President George H.W. Bush.

Public statements on possible run

  • May 30, 2013: When asked about a potential presidential run, Bush stated, "My thinking is not to think about it for a year." Bush made trips to Iowa and South Carolina in 2012.[4]

Comments on possible campaign

  • On April 19, 2013, President George W. Bush stated that he hoped Jeb would consider running and that Jeb would not "be afraid of entering the arena" because of the family name.[5]
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed his support of Bush in a September 28, 2014 interview, stating, "I'm not endorsing anybody. But Jeb Bush is my friend and, frankly, I think he'd make a great president."[6]

Public opinion polls

See also: Early presidential polling, 2016
  • In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on April 29, 2014, Hillary Clinton led Bush in a general election poll with 53% support to Bush's 41%.[7]



See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

On July 23, 2014, Bush called for Congress to take action on the recent 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.[8]


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

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