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John Ellis Bush

    John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is a Republican and the 43rd governor of Florida. He is also founder of the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

    Elected in 1998, he served two terms.  Before entering politics, Bush held jobs in consulting, investing, lobbying and served as a partner or on the boards of several businesses. He was also chairman of the Dade County Republican Party.

    Bush was born in Midland, Texas, on Feb. 11, 1953, as the second of six children of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. He and his wife, Columba Gallo Bush, have three children.

    1. Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — As Jeb Bush continues a torrid fundraising schedule across the country, he is pushing new boundaries of campaign finance law, exploiting his status as a non-candidate to avoid contribution limits and amass a cash pile already in the tens of millions.

      FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015, file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago. Let s say that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office. Most voters don t really care about campaign finance, but raking in cash is an essential skill for any successful candidate., and Bush is in a position to do just that. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) WX407
    2. Jeb Bush faces the heat at CPAC and stands ground

      State Roundup

      OXON Hill, Md. — Jeb Bush walked into a hostile swarm of conservative activists here Friday but, backed by scores of supporters who often drowned out boos with cheers, stood his ground on immigration and Common Core.

      Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fielded questions from moderator Sean Hannity.
    3. Jeb Bush wasn't popular at his last CPAC, but was he right about the GOP?


      Two years ago, Jeb Bush took the stage at CPAC, where he’ll return this afternoon, and outlined an inclusive vision for the GOP, one that stood for something, not just against everything President Obama does.

      Jeb Bush's lecture at CPAC two years ago didn’t wow grass-roots conservatives at the Gaylord National hotel outside Washington, but his message seems especially relevant today with the 2016 presidential race looming.
    4. Ruth: The high cost of expensive jewelry on the campaign trail


      By all accounts, it would seem when she wed Jeb Bush more than 40 years ago, a very young Columba Garnica Gallo didn't quite grasp she was marrying into a dynastic political machine, not to mention her whimsical brother-in-law George's penchant for wedgies.

      Columba Bush: reticent and publicity-averse, but about to enter the public spotlight.
    5. Florida reporters shut out of Club for Growth gathering featuring Bush, Rubio and other presidential hopefuls


      Some of the top Republican presidential hopefuls, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, will speak at Club for Growth gathering in Palm Beach starting tomorrow, but you won't read about it on a Florida news site.

      Florida reporters aren't invited.

    6. Jeb Bush staying out of fight over Homeland Security funding


      Jeb Bush was quick to weigh in on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but has remained silent about the fight over Department of Homeland Security funding.

    7. John McCain on Jeb: 'I know he's his own man'


      The Buzz caught up with Sen. John McCain at the Capitol today and asked about Jeb Bush surrounding himself with former advisers to his brother and his father, the former presidents.

    8. 'Bush-hood' video traces Jeb Bush through the years


      "Viral video" producer Hugh Atkin put this montage together showing Jeb Bush through the years. Is that a cig?!

      It's a play off the movie Boyhood.

    9. Big donors lined up for Jeb Bush PAC fundraiser in Coral Gables


      Big donors have been named "co-chairmen" of an upcoming Coral Gables fundraiser for Jeb Bush's political action committee.

    10. Jeb Bush's Right to Rise PAC holds fundraiser Tuesday in Tampa

      State Roundup

      Even with an expected haul of at least $1 million and more than two dozen Tampa Bay Republicans pledging to deliver at least $25,000 apiece to Jeb Bush's private Tampa fundraising reception today, the event could actually feel like a letdown compared with other recent events.

      Jeb Bush has not yet decided if he’ll run, giving him more leeway in working with the PAC.