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Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush, Philanthropy Summit 2016 (cropped).jpg
Bush in 2016
Barbara Pierce Bush

(1981-11-25) November 25, 1981 (age 38)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma materYale University
OccupationHealth care activist
Years active2000–present
Political partyIndependent
Board member ofGlobal Health Corps
Craig Coyne
m. 2018)
RelativesJenna Bush Hager (twin sister)

Barbara Pierce Bush (born November 25, 1981) is an American activist. She co-founded and is the chair of the board of the non-profit organization Global Health Corps.[1] She and her fraternal twin sister Jenna are the daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. She is also a granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, after whom she is named.

Early life[edit]

Twins Jenna and Barbara (right) in 1990 with their parents George and Laura

Barbara Pierce Bush was born at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.[2] When the family lived in the Preston Hollow section of Dallas, she and her twin sister, Jenna, attended Preston Hollow Elementary School; Laura Bush served on Preston Hollow's Parent-Teacher Association at that time.[3] Later, Barbara and Jenna attended The Hockaday School in Dallas. When her father became Governor of Texas in 1994, Barbara attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. She began Austin High School in 1996, graduating with the class of 2000.[4]

Bush attended Yale University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She lives in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[5]

In 2001, Bush was charged with possession of alcohol as a minor.[6]


She worked for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution.[7][8] Previously, she had been working with AIDS patients in Africa: Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana, among other places, through a program sponsored by the Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative.[9][10][11][12]

Global Health Corps[edit]

She is the co-founder and president of a public health-focused nonprofit, Global Health Corps.[13] Global Health Corps provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the front lines of the fight for global health equity.[14] In 2009, Global Health Corps won a Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship, and Bush was made a 2009 Echoing Green fellow for her work with Global Health Corps.[15][16] Bush was also chosen as one of the 14 speakers selected from an applicant pool of 1,500 to speak at the TEDx Brooklyn event in December 2010, where she spoke about Global Health Corps.[17]

Political activity[edit]

Bush speaking at the 2004 Republican National Convention
Bush (left) and her mother in the Vatican City with Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

In 2011, Bush released a video with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, calling on New York State to legalize same-sex marriage.[18][19] "'I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,' she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. 'New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.'"[19] Bush joined other children of prominent Republican politicians—including Meghan McCain and Mary Cheney—in endorsing gay marriage.[19]

Bush's graduation from Yale in May 2004 was given heavy media coverage. She and Jenna made several media appearances that summer prior to the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, including giving a speech to the Republican Convention on August 31.[20] The two took turns traveling to swing states with their father and also gave a seven-page interview and photo shoot in Vogue.[21][22] Bush joined her mother on diplomatic trips to Liberia in January 2006 to attend the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf[23] and to Vatican City to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in February 2006.

Unlike most of her relatives (but like her twin sister Jenna), Bush is not a member of the Republican Party. In 2010, Bush and her sister told People that they preferred not to identify with any political party, stating, "We're both very independent thinkers."[24][25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Bush and her sister authored the joint memoir Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, published in 2017. On October 7, 2018, she married screenwriter Craig Coyne in a private ceremony at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, with only 20 people attending.[27][28] They held an additional wedding reception six months later in April 2019 with 100 guests.[29]


  • Bush, Barbara Pierce; Bush Hager, Jenna (2017). Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781538711415. OCLC 972386724.


  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Global Health Corps official website. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Whitfield, Jonathan M. (July 17, 2004). "Neonatal care at Baylor University Medical Center: You've come a long way, baby!". Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center). 17 (3): 251–254. PMC 1200659. PMID 16200107.
  3. ^ Pulle, Matt (January 11, 2007). "Split Decision". Dallas Observer. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. April 4, 2000. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  5. ^ "Secure location". New York Post Online Edition. November 9, 2006. Archived from the original on January 21, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  6. ^ " - Bush daughters cited in Texas".
  7. ^ Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (July 3, 2006). "First Twin Jenna Bush may leave D.C. social scene". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (March 6, 2007). "Jenna Bush embarks on book 'Journey'". USA Today. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Dana Milbank (May 24, 2004). "Telephoto Finish: The Bush Twins Graduate From College, and Private Life". The Washington Post. p. C01.
  10. ^ Jennifer Loven (July 14, 2005). "Bush twins not deterred by shutterbugs". Independent Online (Pty) Ltd. "IOL". Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  11. ^ John Donnelly (July 6, 2005). "Bush daughter is said to volunteer in S. Africa". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bush's Daughter to Intern for Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Clinics in Africa". Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. May 25, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "In The Know". The Hill. November 27, 2013. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "Mission & Vision". Global Health Corps. Archived from the original on December 2, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  15. ^ "". Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  16. ^ "Barbara Bush". Echoing Green. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  17. ^ 7 TEDxTalks from women making change to get you ready for TEDxWomen TED blog, November 30, 2012, Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Barbara Bush for HRC's NYers for Marriage Equality, HRCMedia on YouTube
  19. ^ a b c Barbaro, Michael (January 31, 2011). "Bush's Daughter, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage". The New York Times. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  20. ^ "Remarks by Barbara and Jenna Bush to the 2004 Republican National Convention". The Washington Post. August 31, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  21. ^ Julia Reed (August 2004). "Jenna and Barbara Bush: Sister Act". Vogue. Archived from the original (– Scholar search) on December 20, 2005.
  22. ^ "The Bush Twins' Coming Out Party". CBS News. July 16, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  23. ^ Sandra Baker (December 9, 2011). "Three companies honored as top workplaces for women in Fort Worth". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  24. ^ Sobieraj Westfall, Sandra (May 17, 2010). "The Bush Twins On Their Own". People Magazine. Vol. 73 no. 19.
  25. ^ Campbell, Colin (September 4, 2014). "George W. Bush's Daughters Are Not Republicans". Business Insider. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  26. ^ Chumley, Cheryl K. (September 5, 2014). "Bush daughters decline Republican label: 'We're both very independent'". The Washington Times. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  27. ^ "Former first daughter Barbara Bush marries Craig Coyne". ABC13 Houston. October 8, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  28. ^ "Barbara Bush shares why her wedding was 'everything we wanted'". Today. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  29. ^ Hallemann, Caroline (April 15, 2019). "George W. Bush's Daughter Barbara Had a Second Wedding at Her Family's Ranch This Weekend". Town & Country. Retrieved August 7, 2019.

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