Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2006. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the only Republican in the state’s history to be reelected.
During his two terms, Bush championed major reforms to government education programs and Medicaid. The state also launched and accelerated the restoration of the Everglades, the subtropical wetlands region, in the largest project of its kind in the world. The project was aimed at saving the habitat of 60 threatened and endangered species and providing a long-term supply of drinking water for 8 million people in South Florida.
Before becoming governor, Bush served as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s unsung civic heroes.
Currently Bush is the president of the consulting firm Jeb Bush and Associates and is on the boards of CNL Bancshares and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
He also serves on the boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Foundation of Florida’s Future, CASEnergy, Volunteer USA, and Our Pledge. He and his wife, Columba, live in Miami and have three grown children. Bush is the son of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Florida in 1981, where he started a real estate development company with partner Armando Codina.