Dorothy Bush Koch

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Dorothy Bush Koch
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Dorothy Bush Koch at the 2006 Texas Book Festival.
Born Dorothy Walker Bush
(1959-08-18) August 18, 1959 (age 55)
Harris County, Texas
Residence Bethesda, Maryland
Alma mater Boston College (Bachelor of Arts)
Religion Episcopal
Spouse(s) William LeBlond (1982–1990)
Robert P. Koch (1992–present)
Children Sam (b. 1984) and Ellie (b. 1986) (LeBlond)
Robert (b. 1993) and Gigi (b. 1996) (Koch)
Parents George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush
Relatives George W. Bush (brother)
Pauline Robinson Bush (sister)
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (brother)
Neil Mallon Bush (brother)
Marvin Bush (brother)

Dorothy Walker Bush Koch, often called "Doro", (born August 18, 1959) is an American author and philanthropist.[1] She is the daughter of the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the youngest sibling of George W. Bush, the 43rd President.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bush Family in the early 1960s. Dorothy on far left.

Dorothy Walker Bush Koch was born on August 18, 1959 in Harris County, Texas. Her father, George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st President of the United States and her mother, Barbara Bush, was the First Lady. Her brother, George W. Bush, served as the 43rd President of the United States. Her other four siblings are Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia in 1953. Since she was a child, she has spent summers and holidays at the Bush compound, a sprawling estate in Kennebunkport, Maine.

She was educated at Miss Porter's School, a private all-girl college preparatory school in Farmington, Connecticut. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Boston College in 1982.

Philanthropy[edit]

She serves as an event-organizer and fundraiser for charities and other non-profit organizations. She currently serves as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy along with her brother Jeb Bush. She has also served as a pioneer fundraiser for her brother's presidential campaigns.[2]

In 1975, during a visit to Beijing, she became the first person publicly baptized in the People's Republic of China since its government began discouraging foreign religious practices in 1949.[3] She sponsored the commission of USS George H.W. Bush, her father's namesake. On January 10, 2009, she gave the first orders to the ship's company at Norfolk, Virginia.[4]

She is the author of the book My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush.

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, she married William LeBlond. They had two children, Sam and Ellie, They divorced in 1990.

In June 1992, she remarried to Robert P. Koch. The wedding took place at Camp David. They have two children, Robert and Gigi. Robert P. Koch was an aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, and is a lobbyist and president of the Wine Institute.[5] He has a substantial equity interest in Central European Distribution Corp., the company that manufactures and distributes vodka in Poland.[6]

She resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Births, 1926-1995 Family Tree Legends
  2. ^ Bush Donor Profile: Dorothy Bush Koch Texans For Public Justice
  3. ^ Wead, Doug. All the Presidents' Children. Atria (January 6, 2004), p291.
  4. ^ "Aircraft Carrier Named the USS George H.W. Bush Commissioned". Fox News. January 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ Wine Institute of California announces Robert P. Koch as President and Chief Executive Officer PRNewswire, June 12, 2003
  6. ^ "Central European Distribution Corp". Company Profile. US SEC. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2007-12-22.