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George P. Bush
|George P. Bush|
|Texas Land Commissioner|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||March 4, 2014|
|J.D.||University of Texas School of Law|
|Service/branch||U.S. Navy reserve|
|Years of service||2007-present|
|Date of birth||April 24, 1976|
|Profession||Attorney and consultant|
On March 12, 2013, Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State cementing his 2014 candidacy for the statewide office of land commissioner. The primary election is scheduled for March 4, 2014. The general election took 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.
Bush was born in Houston, Texas to father Jeb Bush and Mexican mother, Columba, who taught her son to speak Spanish. Although a Texas native, Bush was raised primarily in Florida, where his father served as governor from 1998 until 2007, and began his career there 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. 
Bush is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served an eight month tour in Afghanistan in 2010.
- Bachelors degree, Rice University
- JD, University Of Texas School of Law
Bush campaign video from March 2013
After months of speculation that Bush was considering a bid for statewide office in Texas -- either Texas Land Commissioner, Attorney General of Texas and Texas Comptroller -- in 2014, Bush formally launched his campaign for state land commissioner on March 12, 2013.
He ran for the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
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 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.
- Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX 22)
- Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX)
- Texas Rep. Van Taylor (R-HD 66)
- Texas Rep. Matt Krause (R-HD 93)
Bush and his wife, Amanda, live in Fort Worth. They are expecting their first child in the summer of 2013.
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- Texas Land Commissioner
- State executive official elections, 2014
- Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014
- The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
- Governing Politics, "George P. Bush May Run for Texas Land Commissioner," November 15, 2012
- Huffington Post, "George P. Bush Campaign Starts Small Amid High Expectations," July 20, 2013
- George P. Bush for Texas, "Bio," accessed April 24, 2013
- Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012
- Politico, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
- The Washington Times, "George P. Bush weighing run in Texas," January 12, 2013
- George P. Bush for Texas, "Congressman Pete Olson R-TX 22, endorses George P. Bush for Land Commissioner," April 23, 2013
- George P. Bush for Texas, "Congressman Roger Williams Endorses George P. Bush," April 2013
- George P. Bush for Texas, "Rep. Van Taylor Endorses George P. Bush," April 11, 2013
- George P. Bush for Texas, "Texas rep. Matt Krause, R-HD 93, endorses George P. Bush ," April 4, 2013
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