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 and Josefina Gallo|
George H. W. Bush (father-in-law)George W. Bush (brother-in-law)
Life and career
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. 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".
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
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.
- "Jeb Bush, Catholic Convert. Will His Brother Convert?". Catholic.org. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Gedda, George (2001-02-14). "Bush has hemisphere on brain". Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved 2006-10-21.
- "Giuliani Picks Up (Jeb) Bush (Jr.) Endorsement", Wall Street Journal Washington Wire, October 18, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
- "Jeb and Columba to speak at Catholic youth encounter". Miami Herald Blog. 6 July 2007.
- "Father-in-Law", Bush campaign ad
Anne Selph MacKay
|First Lady of Florida
1999 – 2007