Jeb Bush

Governor of Florida

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is a prominent member of the Bush family: the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush; the younger brother of former President George W. Bush; and the older brother of Neil Bush, Marvin Bush and Dorothy Bush Koch.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jeb Bush.


1953 Birth Jeb Bush was born on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas. … Read More


1967 14 Years Old Following in the footsteps of his father and older brother George, at the age of 14 years in late 1967, Bush began attending high school at the Andover, Massachusetts boarding school Phillips Academy, Andover. … Read More
1971 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Bush, who had largely avoided criticizing or supporting the Vietnam War, registered for the draft after his graduation from high school in 1971. … Read More


1973 20 Years Old He played on the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team in 1973. … Read More
1974 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Bush went to work in an entry-level position in the international division of Texas Commerce Bank, which was founded by the family of James Baker.
1977 24 Years Old In November 1977, he was sent to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to open a new operation for the bank, where he served as branch manager and vice president.
Following the 1980 presidential election, Bush and his family moved to Miami-Dade County, Florida. … Read More
1981 28 Years Old Bush frequently communicated with his father's staff from 1981 through 1992. … Read More


1987 34 Years Old He served in that role in 1987 and 1988, before resigning to work on his father's presidential campaign.
1989 36 Years Old In 1989, Bush was the campaign manager of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American to serve in Congress.


1994 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Bush made his first run for office, losing the election for governor by less than two percentage points to the incumbent, Lawton Chiles. … Read More
Bush ran again for governor in 1998, defeating Democrat Buddy MacKay, who was lieutenant governor. … Read More
1999 - 2000 3 More Events
2001 48 Years Old 1 More Event
A substantial amount of the tax savings in the higher estimate came from the phasing out of the federal estate tax law implemented in 2001 under President George W. Bush, for a total tax savings of 848 million per year; Jeb Bush did not push for a replacement with a state tax. … Read More
2002 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Bush was unopposed in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary, and in the general election he faced Democratic challenger Bill McBride. … Read More


2003 50 Years Old Bush's out-of-state campaign visits include Kentucky, where Republican challenger Ernie Fletcher appeared with Bush and won that state's governorship in 2003, ending a 32-year streak of Democratic governors. … Read More
2004 51 Years Old From 2004 to 2007, Bush served as a Board Member for the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). … Read More
2006 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2006, Bush was approached to become the next commissioner of the National Football League. … Read More
2007 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2007, Bush joined Tenet Healthcare's board of directors. … Read More


…  In 2014, after Bush left office, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the damage cap - the "centerpiece" of the 2003 legislation that Bush had pushed for - to be a violation of the state Constitution's equal protection clause, discriminating against "those who are most grievously injured, those who sustain the greatest damage and loss, and multiple claimants." … Read More
In February 2015, Bush released several thousand emails from his time as governor online. … Read More
2016 63 Years Old Bush had been considered a potential candidate in the 2016 presidential election since the end of the 2012 election.
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