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  Bush, Jeb
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NameJeb Bush
Address651 Almeria Ave
Coral Gables, Florida , United States
Website [Link]
Born February 11, 1953 (69 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRob Ritchie
Dec 16, 2017 02:27pm
Tags Caucasian - English - Married - Catholic - Christian -
InfoJohn Ellis Bush

Birthdate: February 11, 1953
Spouse: Columba Bush
Family: Three children, George, Noelle, Jebby
Religion: Roman Catholic
Elected: November 1998
Term Expires:January 2007

Governor Jeb Bush earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He came to Florida from Texas in 1980 as a businessman with a small family and big dreams of opportunity. In 1981, he helped start the Codina Group, a Miami-based real estate development company. There Bush served as president and chief operating officer. Equally active in civic and political affairs, he served as Florida's secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida's 40th governor. As secretary of commerce, he ardently promoted Florida's business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid in 1994 for governor of Florida, Bush founded a think tank, the Foundation for Florida's Future, helped launch the state's first charter school in Liberty City and authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida's civic heroes.

Election History:

Governor Bush was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998. Garnering 55 percent of the vote, he succeeded his Democratic predecessor, Governor Kenneth "Buddy" McKay, who took office in December 1998 upon the death of the late Governor Lawton Chiles.


During his first three years in office, Governor Bush and his administration have honored their commitments to the people of Florida to improve public schools; provide substantial, broad-based tax relief; fight the battle against illegal drugs; protect the natural environment; get tough on criminals who use guns; and reform social services to better serve children, elders and those with disabilities.

Enacted in 1999, the Bush/Brogan A+ Plan for Education has provided a record three-year increase of $2.4 billion (23% increase) in K-12 funding, while also holding schools accountable for teaching all students reading, writing and math skills and ensuring that no child is left behind. Florida's schools and students are meeting the challenge, as the number of schools receiving an "F" grade has decreased from 78 in 1998-99 to four in 1999-2000 to potentially zero in 2000-2001. Minority students are particularly succeeding, as their gains on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test have outpaced the gains of non-minority students.

In 2001, the Legislature passed another historic reform, the Education Governance Reorganization Act. Florida will now have a seamless K-20 system led by State Board of Education and a new Board of Trustees at each of its 11 public universities. This 21st century vision enshrines a student-centered approach at every level while maintaining local control and the individual character of every institution.

Florida's index crime rate fell in 2000 to its lowest level in 28 years, thanks to Governor Bush's approval of tough sentencing laws like 10-20-Life. Innovative, interagency efforts such as Operation Riverwalk in Miami are also making a difference in the fight against illegal drugs. Drug use most recently fell 15 percent in one year (Spring '99 to Spring '00).

Tax relief remains a key catalyst for economic growth and opportunity for all Floridians, and Governor Bush has championed $1.6 billion in tax cuts over three years. He continues working to eliminate the Intangibles Tax, a burden which falls particularly hard on Florida's elders.

Governor Bush has championed elders and Florida's other most vulnerable citizens by promoting community-based care models wherever possible. Funding increases in social services have included $79.2 million (75 percent increase) for the developmentally disabled; $86.8 million to expand child welfare services; $64.2 million for the mentally ill; and $53.7 million to provide community-based care alternatives for elders. In 2001, Governor Bush negotiated a visionary deal with Pfizer that aims to reduce prescription drug costs for elders on Medicare through "disease management," which will employ specially trained nurses to monitor Medicare patients and encourage good dietary and exercise habits, thus reducing the need for emergency room care.

Governor Bush's One Florida Initiative aims to increase opportunity and diversity in the state's universities and in state contracting without using policies that discriminate or that pit one racial group against another. The plan has enjoyed remarkable success, as preliminary figures show an increase in the number of minority students admitted to the State University System in its first year. And in state contracting, the awarding of state contracts to minority-owned businesses is up more than 50 percent in the first full year of One Florida, and up 90 percent in the 15 state agencies under the Governor's supervision.

Not only protecting but also restoring Florida's environmental heritage has been a top Bush priority as well. In 2000, he championed historic legislation in both Tallahassee and Washington to restore the natural beauty and diverse ecosystem of Florida's Everglades, and this year he approved $100 million for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. This long-term, multi-billion dollar effort is a testament to how people at all levels of government and across partisan and regional lines can work together to achieve a goal of great public purpose.

Other environmental initiatives promoted by Governor Bush include restoring the natural courses of key Florida rivers, acquiring millions of acres of land through the $3 billion Florida Forever program, improving water quality across the state, developing a growth management strategy which will protect Florida's renowned natural beauty for decades to come, and consistently opposing oil drilling in waters directly off Florida's coast.

2001 also saw the passage of a bipartisan reform that makes Florida's elections system a model for the nation and the world. Included in this reform package is $32 million to upgrade our state's voting technology and voter education programs, which will ensure that in the future laws, not the lawyers, will govern elections in Florida.

Governor Bush has also kept his promise to provide smaller, more efficient government by instituting his Service First initiative, aimed at reforming and modernizing Florida's outdated civil service system, and by also employing technology to increase service while reducing cost. Service First will deliver better services to Floridians, while providing greater accountability and flexibility to our state workers, and, for the first time in our state's history, rewarding them for good performance.

Governor Bush created the first interactive, web-based E-Budget in state and national history, and through consolidation and outsourcing has reduced the state bureaucracy by 2,351 permanent positions, with 4,233 more proposed for 2001-02. Through the use of e-mail and programs like "Capital for a Day" and "Open Office Hours," Bush has become the most accessible Governor in state history, and has placed Florida at the forefront of using technology to provide citizens with better access to information.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/20/2006-10/22/2006 Strategic Vision (R) 56.00% ( 1.0) 30.00% ( 1.0) 14.00% ( 0.0)
10/03/2006-10/08/2006 Quinnipiac University 55.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 1.0) 9.00% ( 1.0)
09/22/2006-09/24/2006 Strategic Vision (R) 57.00% ( 0.0) 29.00% ( 1.0) 14.00% ( 1.0)
09/14/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 59.00% ( 2.0) 39.00% ( 2.0) 2.00% ( 1.0)
07/31/2006-08/03/2006 Zogby International 65.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
07/21/2006-07/23/2006 Strategic Vision (R) 57.00% ( 2.0) 28.00% ( 11.0) 15.00% ( 9.0)
07/14/2006-07/16/2006 Survey USA 57.00% ( 2.0) 41.00% ( 3.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 59.00% ( 3.0) 38.00% ( 3.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)
05/15/2006-05/22/2006 Quinnipiac University 55.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 1.0) 10.00% ( 1.0)
04/11/2006-04/17/2006 Quinnipiac University 55.00% ( 2.0) 36.00% ( 3.0) 9.00% ( 1.0)

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Nov 03, 2015 08:30pm Statement Jeb Bush Says He Was Wrong about France‚Äôs Workweek  Article RP 
Sep 22, 2015 01:35pm Statement If elected president, Jeb Bush will get rid of net neutrality rules  Article RP 
Aug 19, 2015 01:20pm Speech Jeb Bush pitches "total voucherization" at education summit  Article RP 
Aug 13, 2015 03:15pm Statement Jeb Bush, Hosted By Defense Contractor-Backed Group, Calls Iraq War "A Pretty Good Deal"  Article RP 
Feb 10, 2015 12:00pm General Jeb Bush just published thousands of citizens' names and email addresses  Article RP 
Jun 01, 2012 03:00pm Statement Jeb Bush opposes own party on tax increases  Article CincinnatiReds1990 

Importance? 8.12500 Average

Wife Columba Bush Feb 23, 1974-
Son George P. Bush 1976-
Son Jeb Bush, Jr. 1983-
Father George H. W. Bush 1924-2018
Grandfather Prescott Sheldon Bush 1895-1972
Uncle Prescott S. Bush, Jr. 1922-2010
Grandmother Dorothy Walker Bush 1901-1992
Great-Grandfather George H. "Bert" Walker 1875-1953
Grand Uncle John Mercer Walker, Sr. 0000-
1st Cousin Once Removed John Mercer Walker, Jr. 1940-
Grand Uncle Louis Walker 0000-
1st Cousin Once Removed Dorothy Walker Stapleton 0000-
2nd Cousin Walker Stapleton 1974-
Grand Uncle George Herbert Walker, Jr. 1905-1977
1st Cousin Once Removed George Herbert "Bert" Walker, III 1931-2020
Brother George W. Bush 1946-
Niece Jenna Welch Bush Hager 1981-
Niece Barbara Pierce Bush 1981-
Sister Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush 1949-1953
Brother Neil Mallon Bush 1955-
Nephew Pierce Mallon Bush 0000-
Niece Lauren Bush Lauren 1984-
Brother Marvin Pierce Bush 1956-
Sister Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch 1959-
Mother Barbara Bush 1925-2018
Grandfather Marvin Pierce 1893-1969
Uncle James Robinson Pierce 1922-1993
1st Cousin Margaret "Peggy" Peters 0000-

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