Bush on January 6, 2005
|Born||Columba Garnica Gallo
August 17, 1953
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
|Occupation||Former First Lady of Florida|
|Spouse(s)||Jeb Bush (m. 1974)|
|Children||George P. Bush, Noelle Bush, Jeb Bush, Jr.|
|Parents||José María Garnica Rodríguez and Josefina Gallo Esquivel|
George H. W. Bush (father-in-law)George W. Bush (brother-in-law)
Columba Bush was born as Columba Garnica Gallo in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, where she grew up and attended high school. Her parents were José María Garnica Rodríguez, a migrant worker, and Josefina Gallo Esquivel.
The couple have three children: George P. Bush, Noelle Bush and John Ellis Bush, Jr.
Their elder son, George Prescott Bush (born April 24, 1976, in Texas), went to Gulliver Preparatory School, studied at Rice University, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
John Ellis Bush, Jr., Bush's younger son (born December 13, 1983, in Miami), works for a Miami, Florida commercial real estate firm. In October 2007, the younger son endorsed Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination and supported the effort as chairman of "Florida Young Professionals for Rudy".
Bush's relationship with her mother was the subject of a brief profile in the book Mamá: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers by María Pérez-Brown (ISBN 0-06-008386-7). Her parents divorced in 1963.
Columba Bush has been active in promoting the arts. In 1999, she worked with Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education (ACE/FAAE) to develop Arts for Life!, a program devoted to increasing the importance of art in the education system. She has worked on treatment and prevention programs such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She has served as co-chair of the NIAAA initiative, Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, and has served on the board of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
In June of 1999, she was "briefly detained" at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. On her way home from a shopping trip in Paris, she had declared only $500 worth of merchandise on her US Customs form, but agents found receipts indicating that she was "toting about $19,000 worth of clothing and jewelry". She was allowed to continue to Tallahassee after using a personal check to pay a $4,100 fine. At the time, a spokesman for the Bush family explained that she did not "answer truthfully at first because she did not want her husband to know how much she had spent".
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- "Father-in-Law", Bush campaign ad
- "The Patience of Jeb (washingtonpost.com)". washingtonpost.com.
- Cox, David; Kennedy, John (June 22, 1999). "Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Becker, Jo (June 22, 1999). "Bush: Wife meant to hide shopping spree from me". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
Anne Selph MacKay
|First Lady of Florida
1999 – 2007