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George P. Bush
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Texas Land Commissioner
In office
January 2, 2015-present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRice Unviversity
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy reserve
Years of service2007-present
Date of birthApril 24, 1976
ProfessionAttorney and consultant
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
George Prescott Bush (b. April 24, 1976 in Houston, TX) is the current Republican Texas Land Commissioner. He was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014.[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.

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. 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]


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]


  • Bachelor's degree, Rice University
  • J.D., University Of Texas School of Law[4]

Political career

Texas Land Commissioner (2015-present)

Bush first won election to the office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 2, 2015, replacing Jerry Patterson (R).[7]

During his swearing-in ceremony, Bush made the following comments about issues facing the commissioner's office:

By utilizing the Agency's platform to promote opportunity for all, we will pursue a philosophy that Lincoln called the 'right to rise.' After all, every Texan deserves every chance at a better future.

And so to provide a better education to our children, we will innovate the way the Permanent School Fund provides resources to our public schools.

To offer more economic opportunity for our workers, we will encourage responsible energy exploration on GLO land.

To extend better service to our returning heroes, we will streamline our veterans' programs and make them more efficient and effective.

And to preserve our proud heritage for generations to come, we will protect the hallowed grounds and story of the Alamo --- a story bigger than Texas … a story about the triumph of freedom over tyranny. [8]

WFAA, (2015), [7]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Bush campaign video from March 2013

After months of speculation that Bush was to run for Texas statewide office in 2014, he formally launched his campaign for state land commissioner on March 12, 2013.[1][2] Before the announcement, he was considered a potential candidate for either of the attorney general and state comptroller races.[9]

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


Primary election
Texas Lands Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 73% 937,987
David Watts 27% 346,949
Total Votes 1,284,936
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.
General election
Texas Land Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 60.7% 2,826,751
     Democrat John Cook 35.3% 1,645,696
     Libertarian Justin Knight 2.7% 126,406
     Green Valerie Alessi 1.3% 60,112
Total Votes 4,658,965
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Race background

The 2014 electoral cycle marked 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]



Bush and his wife, Amanda, live in Fort Worth.[4] On June 3, 2013, Bush and his wife had a baby boy named Prescott.[15]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Governing Politics, "George P. Bush May Run for Texas Land Commissioner," November 15, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Huffington Post, "George P. Bush Campaign Starts Small Amid High Expectations," July 20, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 George P. Bush for Texas, "Bio," accessed April 24, 2013
  5. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012
  6. Politico, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 WFAA, "George P. Bush sworn in as 28th Texas Land Commissioner," January 2, 2015
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. The Washington Times, "George P. Bush weighing run in Texas," January 12, 2013
  10. Latino Post, "George P. Bush Steps onto Political Stage with Run for Texas Land Commissioner," December 3, 2013
  11. George P. Bush for Texas, "Congressman Pete Olson R-TX 22, endorses George P. Bush for Land Commissioner," April 23, 2013 (dead link)
  12. George P. Bush for Texas, "Congressman Roger Williams Endorses George P. Bush," April 2013 (dead link)
  13. George P. Bush for Texas, "Rep. Van Taylor Endorses George P. Bush," April 11, 2013 (dead link)
  14. George P. Bush for Texas, "Texas rep. Matt Krause, R-HD 93, endorses George P. Bush ," April 4, 2013 (dead link)
  15. Washington Post, "George P. Bush starts small, shuns idea his name, Hispanic heritage can save GOP in Texas," July 20, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Patterson (R)
Texas Commissioner of General Land Office
Succeeded by