George P. Bush

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George P. Bush
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Bush at the Republican Leadership Conference in June 2011
Personal details
Born George Prescott Bush
(1976-04-24) April 24, 1976 (age 38)
Houston, Texas, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amanda Williams (m. 2004)
Relations Jeb Bush (father)
Columba Bush (mother)
George W. Bush (uncle)
George H.W. Bush (grandfather)
Barbara Bush (grandmother)
Children 1
Alma mater Rice University (BA) (1998)
University of Texas School of Law (JD) (2003)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website www.GeorgePforTexas.org
George P. Bush on Facebook
George P. Bush on Twitter
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 2007–present
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Unit U.S. Navy Reserve
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal

George Prescott Bush (born April 24, 1976)[2] is an attorney, U.S. Navy Reserve officer, real estate investor, and politician. He is the Republican candidate for Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office in 2014.[1] 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[edit]

Bush was born in Houston, Texas. Bush's mother, born Columba Garnica Gallo, is a naturalized citizen of the U.S. originally from Mexico.[3] Bush has two siblings: younger 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.[1] 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.[4] Bush played quarterback for the Jones College intramural football team. He was also featured in People Magazine's top 100 Bachelors in 2000.[5]

Political activity[edit]

At the age of 12, Bush spoke before the 1988 Republican National Convention, which nominated his grandfather. He also spoke at the 1992 convention on the occasion of G.H.W. Bush's renomination. He campaigned for his uncle, George W. Bush, during the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.[1] 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[6] 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.[5]

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...'."[7] Speaking specifically of his father's White House ambitions, he cites "Bush fatigue" as a discouraging factor.[8]

Bush criticized Florida Governor Charlie Crist (in office 2007–2011) for accepting money from the 2009 stimulus package, calling for a return to fiscal conservatism.[9] In January 2010, he endorsed Marco Rubio, Crist's opponent for the United States Senate.[10]

Bush served as a member of several diplomacy missions, including one to Nicaragua for the second peaceful transfer of power in that country, and one 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 in 2012 at the time of the civil war in neighboring Syria.[11]

As of 2012 he was the deputy finance chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.[12]

Texas Land Commissioner campaign 2014[edit]

Bush announced in September 2012 his intention to run for office, saying that he was considering one of several state offices. Two months later he filed papers required to run for state office in Texas.[13] The same month, his father, Jeb Bush, emailed donors requesting that they support him in his 2014 bid for Texas Land Commissioner.[14][15]

In January 2013, Bush filed a campaign finance report stating he had received about $1.3 million in campaign contributions.[16] In March 2013, Bush filed to run for Texas Land Commissioner.[16][17]

As of June 2013, Bush had raised $3.3 million even though no Democratic candidate had emerged for land commissioner.[1] On November 19, 2013, he officially filed the papers to run for Texas land commissioner.[18]

Outgoing Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in the 2014 Republican primary.[19][20] In the same primary, Bush easily triumphed over his only opponent, David Watts of Longview. The tabulation was 934,571 votes (73 percent) to 345,565 (27 percent).[19][21]

In the November 4 general election, Bush faces the Democrat John Cook, a former mayor of El Paso,[22] but Bush is considered the prohibitive favorite in that pending contest.[23]

Career[edit]

Bush received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston and obtained his Juris Doctor in 2003 from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. After law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Sidney A. Fitzwater.[24]

Bush currently manages St. Augustine Partners, an energy and technology-focused investment firm in Fort Worth. Previously, he co-founded Pennybacker Capital, LLC, a real estate-focused private equity firm in Austin. The company was originally named N3 Capital and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27][28]

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.[1]

Military service[edit]

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, a Navy initiative whereby applicants in specialized civilian fields forgo the typical prerequisites of a commission and – instead – attend two weeks of classes on subjects such as military history and customs. 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".[29][30] Bush served in Operation Enduring Freedom for eight months and returned to the United States in 2011.[1][31][32] During that deployment, he was given a different name for security purposes. Not even those he was serving alongside knew his real identity.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bush married a law school classmate, Amanda Williams, on August 7, 2004 in Kennebunkport, Maine.[33][34] Williams is a media law attorney at the firm Jackson Walker LLP in Fort Worth, Texas.[35][36] They currently live in Fort Worth, Texas.[14] On June 3, 2013, Bush and his wife had a baby boy named Prescott.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Associated Press. George P. Bush starts small, shuns idea his name, Hispanic heritage can save GOP in Texas, Washington Post, July 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Texas Births, 1926–1995". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ Richard Brookhiser (1992), "A Visit with George Bush", The Atlantic Monthly 
  4. ^ Russell Contreras (August 11, 2000). "Gorgeous George". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  5. ^ a b Dan Glaister (August 31, 2004). "He's young, good looking, and Hispanic – could he be the next George Bush in the White House?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  6. ^ Mark Stevenson (August 22, 2004). "Bush nephew faults policy at Mexican border". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  7. ^ Bachelor Bush to Change His Ways Soon June 30, 2003, People (magazine).
  8. ^ Hudson Morgan (August 21, 2006). "Life Studies: The Heir Apparent". Men's Vogue. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Topic Galleries". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  10. ^ "Rubio nabs George P. Bush; Jeb still mum". The Hill. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  11. ^ Maverick PAC – George P. Bush
  12. ^ Weissert, Will (2012-11-14). "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner". Associated Press. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Dixon, Schuyler (2012-11-09). "'Next Bush' makes campaign filing in Texas". Associated Press. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Slater, Wayne (December 17, 2012). "Bushies with Karl Rove connections host George P. Bush DC fundraiser". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Jeb Bush to donors: Help my son". Politico. 2012-11-14. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b George P. Bush launches political career on Twitter, Houston Chronicle, March 12, 2013.
  17. ^ "George P. Bush Runs for Office in Texas". Wall Street Journal. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ "George P. Bush makes state candidacy official - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  19. ^ a b "Republican primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ Ross Ramsey (July 19, 2011). "Patterson Confirms He'll Run for Lieutenant Governor". Texas Tribune. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "About Watts". wattsfortexas.org. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ex-El Paso mayor John Cook runs for Texas Land Commissioner". KVIA. November 13, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ Ramsey, Ross (March 23, 2013). "So Far, George P. Bush Running at Arm's Length". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ [1][dead link]
  25. ^ "N3 Capital Partners Becomes Pennybacker Capital". Reuters. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  26. ^ Maverick PAC - Leadership
  27. ^ George P Bush :: Hispanic Republicans of Texas
  28. ^ George P. Bush: New Kid on the Political Block
  29. ^ Curtis, Bryan. "A Bush Goes to War". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  30. ^ Dykes, Brett Michael (October 27, 2009). "Bush family political heir is shipping off to war". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  31. ^ George P. Bush (February 16, 2011). "'Gampy' inspired me to serve". USA Today. 
  32. ^ George P. Bush to Address RLC 2011 « RLC 2011
  33. ^ "In Maine, One Bush Wedding and A Fish Story". washingtonpost.com. 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  34. ^ "Bush's daughter reels in a big fish - Politics - MSNBC.com". MSNBC. 2004-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  35. ^ Fort Worth Business Press. "Media savvy Attorney Amanda Bush sharpens her focus on law – and on Fort Worth". Fwbusinesspress.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  36. ^ "Jackson Walker LLP Profile". Jw.com. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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