Barbara Pierce Bush

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Barbara Pierce Bush
BBush at wedding.jpg
Barbara in May 2008, at the wedding of Jenna Bush.
Born Barbara Pierce Bush
(1981-11-25) November 25, 1981 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University, (B.A. in Humanities, 2004)
Parents George W. Bush and Laura Bush
Relatives Dorothy Walker Bush (great-grandmother)
George H.W. Bush (grandfather)
Barbara Bush (grandmother)
Jenna Bush Hager (sister)

Barbara Pierce Bush (born November 25, 1981) is the elder of the sororal twin daughters (the other is Jenna Bush Hager) of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, and the granddaughter of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara Bush, after whom she was named.

Early life[edit]

Jenna and Barbara Bush with their parents George W. Bush and Laura Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush was born at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.[1] When the family lived in the Preston Hollow section of Dallas, she and her twin sister, Jenna, attended Preston Hollow Elementary School; Laura Bush served on Preston Hollow's Parent Teachers Association at that time.[2] Later, she and Jenna attended The Hockaday School in Dallas. When her father became Governor of Texas in 1994, Barbara attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Barbara began attending Austin High School in 1996, graduating with the class of 2000.[3]

She attended Yale University where she was a legacy member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, to which her mother and sister also belonged.

Bush lives in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[4]


She worked for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution.[5][6] Previously, she had been working with AIDS patients in Africa, in Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana, among other places, through a program sponsored by the Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative[7][8][9][10]

Global Health Corps[edit]

She is the co-founder and president of a public health-focused non-profit, Global Health Corps.[11] Global Health Corps provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity.[12] In 2009, Global Health Corps won a prestigious Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship.[13] Bush was also chosen as one of the 14 speakers selected from an applicant pool of 1,500 to speak at the TEDx Brooklyn event in December 2010, where she spoke about Global Health Corps.

Barbara Bush (second left) at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI

Political activity[edit]

In 2011, Bush released a video with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, calling on New York State to legalize same-sex marriage.[14][15] "'I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,' she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. 'New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.'"[15] Bush joined other children of prominent Republican politicians—including Meghan McCain and Mary Cheney—in endorsing gay marriage.[15]

Barbara's graduation from Yale in May 2004 was given heavy media coverage. She and Jenna made several media appearances that summer prior to the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, including giving a speech to the Republican Convention on August 31.[16] The two took turns traveling to swing states with their father and also gave a seven-page interview and photo shoot in Vogue.[17][18] Barbara joined her mother on diplomatic trips to Liberia in January 2006 to attend the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and to Vatican City to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in February 2006.



  1. ^ Whitfield, Jonathan M. (2004-07-17). "Neonatal care at Baylor University Medical Center: You've come a long way, baby!". Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  2. ^ Pulle, Matt. " Dallas Observer, January 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. 2000-04-04. Retrieved 2006-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Secure location". New York Post Online Edition. 2006-11-09. Archived from the original on 2007-01-21. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  5. ^ Argetsinger, Amy & Roxanne Roberts."First Twin Jenna Bush may leave D.C. social scene", Washington Post, July 3, 2006.
  6. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob. Jenna Bush embarks on book 'Journey', USA Today, March 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Dana Milbank (2004-05-24). "Telephoto Finish: The Bush Twins Graduate From College, and Private Life". Washington Post. p. Page C01. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  8. ^ Jennifer Loven (2005-07-14). "Bush twins not deterred by shutterbugs". Independent Online (Pty) Ltd. "IOL". Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  9. ^ John Donnelly (2005-07-06). "Bush daughter is said to volunteer in S. Africa". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Bush's Daughter to Intern for Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Clinics in Africa". Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. 2004-05-25. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  11. ^ "In The Know | TheHill". 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  12. ^ Mission & Vision, Global Health Corps.
  13. ^ "". [dead link]
  14. ^ Barbara Bush for HRC's NYers for Marriage Equality, HRCMedia on YouTube
  15. ^ a b c Barbaro, Michael (2011-01-31) Bush’s Daughter, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage, New York Times
  16. ^ "Remarks by Barbara and Jenna Bush to the 2004 Republican National Convention". The Washington Post. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  17. ^ Julia Reed (August 2004). "Jenna and Barbara Bush: Sister Act" (– Scholar search). Vogue. [dead link]
  18. ^ "The Bush Twins' Coming Out Party". CBS News. 2004-07-16. 

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