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George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. Bush received his undergraduate degree from Rice University. After graduating, he taught history to at-risk students before earning a Juris Doctorate at The University of Texas School of Law.
Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their two sons.
In 2006, Bush applied to the U.S. Naval Reserve through the Direct Commission Officer program. He obtained his commission in June of 2007. He received two years of INDOC training at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth and qualified for the intelligence program. From October 2009 to June 2010, he supported the Navy Reserve Joint Intelligence Center U.S. Central Command (JICCENT), a joint services unit that assesses national security risk in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, at Lackland Air Force Base.
In June of 2010, he was mobilized for an eight-month tour of duty at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this time, Commissioner Bush was honored to serve under Admiral William H. McRaven at the Joint Special Operations Command.
Bush returned from Afghanistan in early 2011 and served for two years at the JICCENT at Lackland Air Force Base. In February 2013, Bush returned to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth to provide support for the United States Southern Command before resigning his commission at the rank of Lieutenant in June 2017.
Among his service decorations, Commissioner Bush was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his meritorious service. He received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal for serving in theater and earned the Intel Warfare Designator pin.
George P. Bush is a retired member of the United States Naval Reserve. Use of Bush’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the US Naval Reserve or the Department of Defense.
Prior to running for office, Commissioner Bush was a successful attorney and businessman. After earning his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law, he served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Sidney A. Fitzwater, a Ronald Reagan appointee. He then practiced corporate and securities law with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, conducting legal due diligence and preparing transaction documents in connection with mergers, acquisitions, offerings, credit facilities, securities filings, and divestitures for private equity clients and publicly held corporations. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses. He was awarded The University of Texas’ Latino Leadership Award in 2015, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from The University of Texas School of Law in 2016, and the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award in 2016.
A LIFE DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE
Bush was first elected the 28th Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014 and was overwhelmingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. He received the second highest vote total of any candidate running statewide.
As Land Commissioner and the only statewide elected Veteran, Bush works to safeguard our Texas coastline as well as ensure Texas veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned. He hosted 100 roundtables, forums and events in 2016 to highlight issues within the Texas veteran community and expanded Veterans services without additional expense to taxpayers.
Since September of 2017, Commissioner Bush and the General Land Office (GLO) have led the state’s housing-related recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, helping more than 60,000 victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild their homes and their lives.
Commissioner Bush’s legal background equipped him to lead the agency in championing private property rights and using the courtroom to defend the people of Texas against federal overreach. As Land Commissioner, he protected private property rights by joining a lawsuit along with Red River ranchers and farmers against the Obama Bureau of Land Management, which he successfully won in November of 2017. In addition, he has continuously pushed back against the EPA’s carbon regulations that threaten Texas’s electrical grid stability and the oil and gas industry.
As a former school teacher, he also oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education while managing state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy-independent, allocating the most funding in history to the schoolchildren of Texas. Commissioner Bush dedicated 2019 to having a conversation with the future, engaging with students, teachers, and administrators across the state. As part of the ‘Year of Education,’ Commissioner Bush traveled across the state and taught 50 education lessons to promote education in all types of learning environments (public, charter, homeschool, private, rural, urban, suburban).
Commissioner Bush has dedicated his time in office to saving the Alamo and preserve the Shrine of Texas Liberty for generations to come.
Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.