Laura Bush

First Lady of the United States; Librarian
Born Nov 4, 1946

Laura Lane Welch Bush is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady from 2001 to 2009. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education and soon took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her Master's degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian.… Read More

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


1946 Birth Born on November 4, 1946.


1964 17 Years Old She attended James Bowie Elementary School, San Jacinto Junior High School, and Robert E. Lee High School in Midland. She graduated from Lee in 1964 and went on to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.


1968 21 Years Old She graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
1972 25 Years Old After graduating from SMU, she began her career as a second grade school teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in the Dallas Independent School District. She then taught for three years at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, a Houston Independent School District school in Houston, until 1972.
1973 26 Years Old In 1973, Bush attained a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. … Read More


Bush met her future husband, George W. Bush, in 1977, and they were married later that year. … Read More
1978 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The year after their marriage, the couple began campaigning for George W. Bush's 1978 Congressional candidacy. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Bush attended the inauguration of father-in-law George H. W. Bush as Vice President in January 1981, after he and his running mate Ronald Reagan won the 1980 presidential election. … Read More


1993 46 Years Old Bush traveled to Kuwait in April 1993, accompanying her father-in-law and mother-in-law as well as brothers-in-law Jeb and Marvin Bush after former President Bush was invited to return to the Middle East for the first time since his presidency. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old Bush became the First Lady of Texas when her husband was elected as the Governor of Texas and served as first lady of that state from January 17, 1995, to December 21, 2000. … Read More


1999 52 Years Old 1 More Event
As First Lady of Texas, Bush implemented many initiatives focused on health, education, and literacy. In 1999-2000, she aided her husband in campaigning for the presidency in a number of ways, most notably delivering a keynote address at the 2000 Republican National Convention, which gained her national attention.
She became First Lady after her husband defeated Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. … Read More
In 2001, to promote reading and education, she partnered with the Library of Congress to launch the annual National Book Festival. … Read More
2002 - 2004 5 More Events
Laura Bush's approval ratings have consistently ranked very high. In January 2006, a USA Today/CBS/Gallup poll recorded her approval rating at 82 percent and disapproval at 13 percent. … Read More


2008 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In late October 2008, days before that year's Presidential election, Bush hosted a three-hour session with staffers and historians discussing how she would like to be remembered, leading to this meeting being termed the "legacy lunch." … Read More
In February 2009, the month after she and her husband left office, Laura and George W. Bush moved into a new residence in Dallas.
In May 2010, Bush released her memoir, Spoken from the Heart, in conjunction with a national tour.
After the 2012 election, where Romney lost to President Obama, Bush was asked in March 2013 during an interview whether the GOP's positions on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion led to more than half of female voters voting for the President. … Read More
On February 22, 2013, without her consent, she was included in a pro-gay advertisement from the Respect of Marriage Coalition. … Read More
On April 26, 2014, she gave a speech at the Ericsson Center in Plano, Texas, where she spoke on behalf of the company's mentoring program for girls. … Read More
In March 2015, Bush and Obama were named as co-chairs of the Find Your Park campaign, an attempt to increase national park support and introduce millennials to the park service before its centennial the following year.
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