Columba Bush

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Columba Bush
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Bush on January 6, 2005
Born Columba Garnica Gallo
(1953-08-17) August 17, 1953 (age 60)
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Occupation Former First Lady of Florida
Predecessor Anne Selph
Successor Carole Rome
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Spouse(s) Jeb Bush (m. 1974)
Children George P. Bush, Noelle Bush, Jeb Bush, Jr.
Parents José María Garnica and Josefina Gallo
Relatives

George H. W. Bush (father-in-law)

George W. Bush (brother-in-law)

Columba Bush (born August 17, 1953) is a Mexican-born American philanthropist. She is the wife of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Life and career[edit]

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, a migrant worker, and Josefina Gallo.

She met Jeb Bush in 1971 in León, where he was teaching English as part of a foreign exchange program. They were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas.[2][3]

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. Noelle Lucila Bush (born July 26, 1977, in Texas) graduated from Tallahassee Community College in 2000 and enrolled in Florida State University in 2001. Noelle had substance abuse problems, motivating Mrs. Bush to be active in programs in this area.[4] 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".[5]

Her relationship with her own 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.

Activism and organizations[edit]

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 also used her experience with her family's substance abuse issues to aid 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.

Mrs. Bush and her husband are both active Catholics. She is a member of Regnum Christi.[citation needed] In 2007 they attended the Regnum Christi Family Convention in Atlanta.[6]

She appeared in a Spanish language campaign commercial for her father-in-law, George H. W. Bush, in 1988,[7] but generally tends to be uninvolved in politics.[8]

References[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Anne Selph MacKay
First Lady of Florida
1999 – 2007
Succeeded by
Carole Rome