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George P. Bush

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George P. Bush
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Candidate for
Texas Land Commissioner
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRice Unviversity
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy reserve
Years of service2007-present
Personal
BirthdayApril 24, 1976
ProfessionAttorney and consultant
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
George Prescott Bush (b. April 24, 1976 in Houston, Texas) is a Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner in the 2014 elections.[1][2]

On March 12, 2013, Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State cementing his 2014 candidacy for the statewide office of land commissioner. He won the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Bush is the son of former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, as well as the nephew and grandson of Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, respectively. Prior to announcing his first bid for statewide office at age 37, his expectant role in the Bush political dynasty had long since begun to take shape. Bush worked on his uncle's first presidential campaign in Texas after college and later served as deputy finance chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.[3][4]

Biography

Bush was born in Houston, Texas to father Jeb Bush and Mexican mother, Columba, who taught her son to speak Spanish.[5] Although a Texas native, Bush was raised primarily in Florida, where his father served as governor from 1998 until 2007. Bush began his career as a teacher in Miami.

He returned to Texas to earn his bachelor's degree and play college baseball for Rice University, and he went on to graduate from University of Texas School of Law. Bush clerked for a federal judge before starting a capital company in Fort Worth.[3]

Bush is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served an eight month tour in Afghanistan in 2010.[6]

Education

  • Bachelors degree, Rice University
  • JD, University Of Texas School of Law[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Bush campaign video from March 2013

After months of speculation that Bush was considering a 2014 bid for statewide office in Texas -- either Texas Land Commissioner, Attorney General of Texas, or Texas Comptroller -- Bush formally launched his campaign for state land commissioner on March 12, 2013.[1][2][7]

He won the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • Primary
Texas Lands Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 73% 934,501
David Watts 27% 345,550
Total Votes 1,280,051
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


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The 2014 electoral cycle will mark the 20th anniversary since Texas Republicans swept the last Democrats off state row and launched what would become "the nation's longest streak of single-party dominance." The failure of the Democratic party to elect a single candidate to any one of the state's 29 statewide offices since 1994 is a tribute to the GOP's strength in Texas and the dearth of viable, motivated Democratic challengers willing to put themselves at the mercy of a seemingly predictable electorate.

By July 2013, no Democratic candidates had entered the race for the open seat as state land commissioner. Despite the lack of early-stage competition, Bush's campaign had already raised $3.3 million. The earnest fundraising efforts point to Texas Republicans' concerns about how the state's changing voter demographics, especially the growing proportion of Latino, Democrat-inclined, voters-in view of Obama's 71% share of the national Hispanic vote in 2012-might impact the party's winning election record. Bush is half Mexican, and is particularly sensitive to this issue.[3]

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Personal

Bush and his wife, Amanda, live in Fort Worth.[4] On June 3, 2013, Bush and his wife had a baby boy named Prescott.[13]

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