Jeb Bush

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43rd Governor of Florida 1999 - 2007
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Jeb Bush was born on February 11, 1953 in Midland, TX and is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and is the younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Bush grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs. Bush moved to Florida in 1980 and in 1986 was named Florida's Secretary of Commerce, a position he held until resigning in 1988 to help his father's successful campaign for the Presidency.

In 1994, Bush made his first run for office, narrowly losing the election for governor by less than two percentage points to the incumbent Lawton Chiles. Bush ran again in 1998 and beat Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay with 55 percent of the vote. He ran for reelection in 2002, and won with 56 percent, to become Florida's first two-term Republican Governor. During his eight years as governor, Bush was credited with initiating improvements in the economy, environment, and health care, as well as reforming the education system.

There is high speculation that Bush will run in the 2016 Presidential election.


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