George P. Bush
|George P. Bush|
|Born||George Prescott Bush
April 24, 1976
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Williams (m. 2004)|
|Years of service||2007-present|
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
|Awards||Joint Service Commendation Medal|
George Prescott Bush (born April 24, 1976) is an attorney, U.S. Navy Reserve officer, real estate investor, and politician. He is the eldest son of former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush, and the grandson of former President George H. W. Bush. George Prescott is also named for his great-grandfather, Senator Prescott Bush.
Early life 
Bush's mother, born Columba Garnica Gallo, is a naturalized citizen of the U.S. originally from Mexico. Bush has two siblings: elder sister Noelle Lucila Bush, and younger brother John Ellis Bush, Jr.
Bush attended Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami and earned an undergraduate degree from Rice University in 1998 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. Like his grandfather and uncle (both at Yale), Bush was a freshman walk-on to the baseball team at Rice University, but left the team by his sophomore year. Bush played quarterback for the Jones College intramural football team. He was also featured in People Magazine's top 100 Bachelors in 2000.
Political activity 
At the age of 12, Bush spoke before the 1988 Republican National Convention, which nominated his grandfather. He also spoke at the 1992 convention, when H.W. Bush was renominated. He campaigned for his uncle, George W. Bush, during the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In his speeches he stated support for his uncle's position in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.
He has expressed his opinion on some issues. In August 2004, during a trip to Mexico sponsored by the group Republicans Abroad, he called Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a dictator and criticized the U.S. Border Patrol's use of guns which fire plastic pellets packed with chili powder. Bush was quoted as telling Mexican media, "If there has been American approval for this policy, that is reprehensible. It's kind of barbarous." He attributed the gun usage to "some local INS guy who's trying to be tough, act macho", although it is an agency policy.
When asked in 2003 about whether he planned to run for office himself, Bush replied that his grandmother, Barbara Bush, had advised that anyone thinking about entering politics should distinguish himself in some other field first: "Make a name for yourself, have a family, marry someone great, have some kids, buy a house, pay taxes, and do the things everyone also does instead of just running out and saying, 'Hey, I'm the nephew of or the son of or the grandson of...'." Speaking specifically of his father's White House ambitions, he cites "Bush fatigue" as a discouraging factor.
Bush criticized Florida Governor Charlie Crist for accepting money from the stimulus package, calling for a return to fiscal conservatism. In January 2010, he endorsed Marco Rubio, Crist's opponent for the United States Senate.
Bush served as a member of several diplomacy missions including one to Nicaragua for the second peaceful transfer of power in that country and to Brazil for the Pan American Games in 2007. He also joined two US Congressional Delegations, one to Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring of 2011 and one to Turkey during the neighboring Syrian civil war in 2012.
Texas Land Commissioner campaign 2014 
Bush stated in September 2012 his intention to run for office, saying that he was considering one of several state offices. In November, he filed papers required to run for state office in Texas. The same month, his father, Jeb Bush, sent an email to donors requesting that they support him in his 2014 bid for Texas Land Commissioner.
With current land commissioner Jerry Patterson expected to vacate his position to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Bush is considered the presumptive Republican nominee and shoo-in general election winner for the office in 2014.
Bush received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. After law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Sidney A. Fitzwater.
Bush currently manages St. Augustine Partners, an energy and technology-focused investment firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, Bush co-founded Pennybacker Capital, LLC, a real estate-focused private equity firm in Austin, Texas. The company was originally named N3 Capital and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. Bush left Pennybacker Capital in 2012. Before entering the real estate investment business, he practiced corporate and securities law in Dallas with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP. In 2005, Bush was selected as one of Texas Monthly's "Rising Stars" for his work with Akin Gump.
Bush is the national co-chair of Maverick PAC, a national political action committee dedicated to engaging the next generation of Republican voters. Bush is also a co-founder and on the board of directors of Hispanic Republicans of Texas, a political action committee whose goal is to elect Republican political candidates of Hispanic heritage to office in Texas.
Bush is currently the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education—a Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools.
Military service 
On March 21, 2007, the United States Navy Reserve announced the selection of Bush for training as an intelligence officer through the direct commission officer program. Once commissioned as an Ensign for eight years of reserve service, he was expected to attend a year of intelligence training, initially assigned to duty near his home. Bush told The Politico that attending the October 2006 launch of the aircraft carrier named for his grandfather—the USS George H.W. Bush—inspired him to join the service. He also called the death of Pat Tillman, the NFL player and Army Ranger who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004, "a wake-up call". Bush served in Operation Enduring Freedom for eight months under the United States Special Operations Command and returned to the United States in 2011. During that deployment, he was given a different name for security purposes. Not even those he was serving alongside knew his real identity.
Personal life 
Bush married a law school classmate, Amanda Williams, on August 7, 2004 in Kennebunkport, Maine. Williams is a media law attorney at the firm Jackson Walker LLP in Fort Worth, Texas. They currently live in Fort Worth, Texas.
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