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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. Support for Common Core could cost Jeb Bush in a GOP primary

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Jeb Bush never wavered in his support for the Common Core state standards — not even after the education benchmarks became a target for tea party groups decrying federal overreach in education.

      Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has played a key role in setting the nation’s education agenda since leaving the governor’s office.
    2. Jeb Bush's emails depict a hands-on Florida governor

      State Roundup

      The new governor of Florida was feeling exhausted and beleaguered. It was after 10 o'clock at night, and Jeb Bush was still going through angry emails.

      Jeb Bush, seen in his office at the Capitol in Tallahassee in 2006, was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.
    3. If Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both run for president, Florida loyalty belongs to Bush

      State Roundup

      Marco Rubio has a big Jeb Bush problem.

      More than a decade after Bush helped cultivate Rubio as a star in the Florida Legislature — literally giving him a sword as a symbol of maintaining the conservative flame — the two are on an awkward collision course over running for president in 2016.

      In 2005, Gov. Jeb Bush presented a sword to Marco Rubio during ceremonies in Tallahassee designating Rubio as the next speaker of the state House. The sword was to signify that Rubio was a “great conservative warrior.”
    4. Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run


      A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message:

      Get in the race for president.

    5. Jeb Bush: I will 'actively explore' 2016 presidential run

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — When Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he is "actively" exploring a 2016 campaign for president, he was sending a decisive message to major donors and potential rivals: I'm in.

      Former governor Jeb Bush made the announcement Tuesday morning via a Facebook post, saying he talked with his wife Columba about their family and the future of the country.
    6. Jeb Bush: I will 'actively explore' presidential run


      WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush says he'll "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States" in 2016, taking a decisive step that could shake up a large and eager Republican field.

    7. Jeb Bush to South Carolina graduates: Seek joy in life

      State Roundup

      Right after Jeb Bush finished speaking to graduates at the University of South Carolina on Monday, a Democratic opposition research group tweeted that it was there watching.

      Jeb Bush delivers a speech at the University of South Carolina on Monday.
    8. WSJ: McCollum on what went right for GOP in 2014 and his support for Jeb Bush in 2016


      Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum was featured in the Wall Street Journal's The Weekend Interview column on Saturday. McCollum is the chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which raises money for state legislative and judicial races.

    9. Florida GOP unlikely to flout RNC rules on 2016's presidential primary

      State Roundup

      When it comes to picking the Republican nominee for president of the United States, the Florida GOP carved a special role for itself in the past two presidential campaigns: self-entitled scofflaw.

      Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to decide early next year if he will run for president in 2016.
    10. PolitiFact Florida: Will too many tattoos keep you out of military? Jeb Bush says yes

      State Roundup

      Failing test scores aren't the only problem that has caused the military to reject applicants, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says. Another problem is, well, more colorful: tattoos.