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| birth_place = Midland, Texas, U.S.| death_date = | death_place = Republican Party (United States)>RepublicanColumba Bush>February 23, 1974}}George P. Bush>George }}| relatives = See Bush familyUniversity of Texas at Austin>University of Texas, Austin {{smallBachelor of Arts>BA)}}| signature = Jeb Bush Signature.svg}}{{Conservatism in the United States}}John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (born February 11, 1953) is an American politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Bush, who grew up in Houston, is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and a younger brother of former President George W. Bush. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs. In 1980, he moved to Florida and pursued a career in real estate development, and in 1986 became Florida's Secretary of Commerce until 1988. At that time, he joined his father's successful campaign for the Presidency.In 1994, Bush made his first run for office, losing the election for governor by less than two percentage points to the incumbent Lawton Chiles. Bush ran again in 1998 and defeated Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay with 55 percent of the vote. He ran for reelection in 2002, defeating Bill McBride and winning with 56 percent, to become Florida's first two-term Republican governor. During his eight years as governor, Bush pushed an ambitious Everglades conservation plan, supported caps for medical malpractice litigation, launched a Medicaid privatization pilot program, and instituted reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.Bush announced his presidential candidacy on June 15, 2015. He suspended his campaign on February 20, 2016, shortly after the South Carolina primary and endorsed Senator Ted Cruz on March 23, 2016.

Early life

(File:Entire Bush family.jpg|thumb|left|Jeb Bush, front right, with family, early 1960s)Jeb Bush was born on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas. When he was six years old, the family relocated to the Tanglewood neighborhoodNEWS, McCrimmon, Ryan, March 17, 2015, In Texas, a Focused Jeb Bush Stood Out From the Crowd,weblink Texas Tribune, Austin, Texas, May 24, 2015, of Houston, Texas.WEB, Florida Governor Jeb Bush,weblink National Governors Association, May 5, 2014, The nickname "Jeb" is composed of his initials J.E.B. (John Ellis Bush).WEB, Jeb Bush's Pros and Cons,weblink The Huffington Post, June 14, 2015, He grew up with two younger brothers, Neil and Marvin, one younger sister, Dorothy, one older brother, George, who is seven years older, and, for the first eight months of his life, an older sister, Robin. Jeb Bush initially attended Grady Elementary School in Houston."Long-held values shape Public Life of Jeb Bush." The Miami Herald. September 22, 2002. Retrieved on October 15, 2012. "Bush attended public Grady Elementary School in Houston for several years[...]" Following in the footsteps of his father and older brother George, at the age of 14 years in late 1967, Bush began attending high school at the Andover, Massachusetts boarding school Phillips Academy, Andover.WEB, Jeb Bush gives Andover kids Republic insight,weblink Boston.com, May 5, 2014, Bush completed ninth grade in Houston, but was advised to repeat it at Andover, and was nearly expelled due to poor grades.NEWS, Kranish, Michael, Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years,weblink January 31, 2015, Boston Globe, February 1, 2015, Bush recreationally used marijuana, hashish, and cigarettes during his high school years, although he made the honor roll by the end of his senior year and served as captain of the tennis team.At the age of 17, Bush taught English as a second language and assisted in the building of a school in Ibarrilla, a small village outside of León, Guanajuato, Mexico,NEWS, Kruse, Michael, May 21, 2015, Andover, Mexico and the Making of Jeb Bush,weblink Politico, Washington, DC, May 25, 2015, Before the Andover boys and teacher John J. Patrick helped build the two-room schoolhouse in Ibarrilla, outside of León, in their two-month trip in 1971, the village had no school at all—only a local woman who volunteered to teach the children who were interested in learning rudimentary reading and math skills., as part of Andover's student exchange summer program.NEWS, Guevara-Castro, Lillian, May 5, 1999, Florida's First Lady: Columba Bush settles into life in the governor's mansion,weblink Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala, Florida, March 22, 2015, Columba Garnica Gallo was 16 and John Ellis "Jeb" Bush was 17 when they met in the central Mexican town of León. Jeb was teaching English and helping to build a school as an exchange student from Phillips Academy, a prestigious prep school in Andover, Mass., While in Mexico, he met his future wife, Columba Garnica Gallo.NEWS, Hispanic consciousness lends weight to Jeb Bush as GOP eyes 2016 presidential race,weblink The Washington Post, April 24, 2013, February 9, 2015, Bush, who had largely avoided criticizing or supporting the Vietnam War, registered for the draft after his graduation from high school in 1971. In the fourth and final draft lottery drawing, on February 2, 1972, for men born in 1953 and to be inducted during 1973, Bush received a draft number of 26 on a calendar-based scale that went to 365. But no new draft orders were issued after 1972,WEB, Results from Lottery Drawing – Vietnam Era – 1973,weblink July 21, 2015, Selective Service System, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150210195612weblink">weblink February 10, 2015, because the U.S. changed to an all-volunteer military beginning in 1973.Janowitz, Morris and Charles C. Moskos, Jr. "Five Years of the All-Volunteer Force: 1973–1978. Armed Forces & Society, Jan 1979; vol. 5: pp. 171–218.weblink many in his family had attended Yale University, Bush chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin, beginning in September 1971. He played on the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team in 1973. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Latin American studies.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush Gives Party Something to Think About, May 25, 2014, The New York Times, He completed his coursework in two and a half years.Kelley, Kitty. (The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty), p. 404 (Doubleday, 2004).

Business career before entering politics

In 1974, Bush went to work in an entry-level position in the international division of Texas Commerce Bank, which was founded by the family of James Baker.NEWS, Jeb Bush followed the family game plan: Earn your fortune, then run for public office. A vast network of deals made it possible,weblink St. Petersburg Times, May 5, 2014, In November 1977, he was sent to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to open a new operation for the bank, where he served as branch manager and vice president.NEWS, Manuel-Roig Franzia,weblink Hispanic consciousness lends weight to Jeb Bush, The Washington Post, April 24, 2013, Following the 1980 presidential election, Bush and his family moved to Miami-Dade County, Florida. He took a job in real estate with Armando Codina, a 32-year-old Cuban immigrant and self-made millionaire. Codina had made a fortune in a computer business, and then formed a new company, The Codina Group, to pursue opportunities in real estate.Zweigenhaft, Richard and Domhoff, G. William. Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, Why it Matters, p. 149 (Rowman & Littlefield 2006). During his time with the company, Bush focused on finding tenants for commercial developments.MAGAZINE, MacGillis, Alec, Testing Time: Jeb Bush's Educational Experiment,weblink February 1, 2015, New Yorker, January 26, 2015, Codina eventually made Bush his partner in a new development business, which quickly became one of South Florida's leading real estate development firms. As a partner, Bush received 40% of the firm's profits.Swasy, Alecia and Trigaux, Robert. "Make the Money and Run", St. Petersburg Times (September 20, 1998). In 1983, Bush said of his move from Houston to Miami: "On the personal side, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law were already living here." On the professional side, "I want to be very wealthy, and I'll be glad to tell you when I've accomplished that goal."Morley, Jefferson. "Dirty Money", Miami New Times (February 27, 1991).During Bush's years in Miami, he was involved in many different entrepreneurial pursuits, including working for a mobile phone company, serving on the board of a Norwegian-owned company that sold fire equipment to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, becoming a minority owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, buying a shoe company that sold footwear in Panama, and getting involved in a project selling water pumps in Nigeria. Miguel Recarey, who ran International Medical Centres (IMC), employed Bush as a real estate consultant and paid him a {{USD}}75,000 fee for finding the company a new location, although the move never took place. Bush did, however, lobby the Reagan administration vigorously and successfully on behalf of Recarey and IMC.

Early political career

File:Reagan Contact Sheet C36276 (cropped).jpg|thumb|left|Bush greeting President Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan(File:Jeb Bush as Florida Secretary of Commerce.jpg|thumb|upright|Jeb Bush as Florida Secretary of Commerce)Bush volunteered for his father's campaigns in 1980 and 1988. During the 1980 campaign, Bush worked as an unpaid volunteer, and expressed great admiration for his father.NEWS, Kyle Pendergast,weblink Where are they now? Jeb Bush, Houston Chronicle, November 19, 2008, In the mid-1980s, Bush got his start in Florida politics as the Chairman of the Dade County Republican Party.Date, S.V. Jeb, p. 223 (Penguin, 2007). Dade County played an important role in the 1986 election of Bob Martinez to the Governor's office. In return, Martinez appointed Bush as Florida's Secretary of Commerce. He served in that role in 1987 and 1988, before resigning to work on his father's presidential campaign.Bush frequently communicated with his father's staff from 1981 through 1992. The younger Bush recommended Dexter Lehtinen for the post of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and set up a meeting between the Bush Administration and Motorola.NEWS, Eder, Steve, Barbaro, Michael, As Dynasty's Son, Jeb Bush Used His Connections Freely,weblink February 15, 2015, New York Times, February 14, 2015, He also advocated for Cuban exiles living in South Florida, and supported the Cuban embargo. In 1990, Bush urged his father to pardon Orlando Bosch, a Cuban exile who had been convicted of firing a rocket into a Polish ship which was on passage to Cuba. Bosch was released from prison and granted residency in the U.S.Campbell, Duncan "The Bush dynasty and the Cuban criminals." The Guardian (December 2, 2002). Retrieved September 9, 2010.In 1989, Bush was the campaign manager of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American to serve in Congress, in her special election.Adams, David and Simon, Stephanie. "Jeb Bush: Party elder statesman or 2016 candidate?", Reuters (June 25, 2012). In 1994, Bush launched an unsuccessful bid for the Governor's office against incumbent Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles. Bush ran that year as a conservative. At one point, he was asked what he would do for African Americans, and Bush responded: "It's time to strive for a society where there's equality of opportunity, not equality of results. So I'm going to answer your question by saying: probably nothing."Aberbach, Joel and Peele, Gillian. Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush, p. 189 (Oxford University Press, 2011).NEWS,weblink Listening Jeb Bush, The Economist, October 15, 1998, May 29, 2013, Bush lost the election by only 63,940 votes out of 4,206,076 that were cast for the major party candidates (2,135,008; 51% to 2,071,068; 49%). In the same election year, his older brother, George, was elected Governor of Texas. Following his election loss, Bush joined the board of The Heritage Foundation and continued to work with Codina Partners. Alongside T. William Fair, the president of the Urban League's Miami affiliate, Bush helped to establish Florida's first charter school.

Governor of Florida

(File:Gov Jeb Bush.jpg|thumb|Official photo of Bush as Governor of Florida)Bush ran again for governor in 1998, defeating Democrat Buddy MacKay, who was lieutenant governor. Bush ran for reelection in 2002 to become Florida's first two-term Republican governor.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush Makes History In Florida, CBS News, November 5, 2002, July 25, 2016, During his eight years as governor, Bush was credited with initiating environmental improvements, such as conservation in the Everglades,Michael Grunwald, Jeb in the Wilderness: The time Florida's Republican governor took on the biggest environmental restoration project in American history, Politico Magazine (March/April 2015). supporting caps for medical malpractice litigation, moving medicaid recipients to private systems, and instituting reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.WEB, Associated, The,weblink Gov. Jeb Bush's environmental legacy during eight years in office, Jacksonville.com, December 14, 2006, May 29, 2013, WEB,weblink Jeb Bush | StateImpact Florida, Stateimpact.npr.org, May 29, 2013, Bush was governor when his brother George won an intensely fought election recount in Florida to become president. Bush recused himself from any official role in the recount.Getter, Lisa. "Jeb Bush's Recount Role Examined." Los Angeles Times. July 14, 2001. Retrieved 2014-12-06.

1998 gubernatorial election

In 1998, Bush defeated his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay, by over 418,000 votes (2,191,105; 55% to 1,773,054; 45%) to become Governor of Florida. He campaigned as a "consensus-building pragmatist". Simultaneously, his brother, George W. Bush won a re-election victory for a second term as Governor of Texas, and they became the first siblings to govern two states simultaneously since Nelson and Winthrop Rockefeller governed New York and Arkansas from 1967 to 1971.NEWS, Richard L. Berke,weblink Bush Brothers Provide Light to Republicans After a Dreary Election, The New York Times, November 19, 1998, December 16, 2014, In the 1998 election, Bush garnered 61% of the Hispanic vote and 14% of the African American vote.NEWS, Nia-Malika Henderson,weblink Jeb Bush did really well with Latinos in Florida, The Washington Post, December 15, 2014,

Economic policy

While governor, Bush presided over a state government that reduced taxes by {{USD}}19 billion and he vetoed {{USD}}2 billion in new spending, according to The Wall Street Journal. An analysis conducted by economist Martin Sullivan, which eliminated the effects of the federal estate tax repeal (which did not require legislative action to go into effect) and inflation, estimated the cumulative reduction in taxes by the state at closer to {{USD}}13 billion during Bush's tenure, resulting in tax savings by 2006 of {{USD}}140 per person, per year.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush says he cut Florida taxes by {{USD, 19 billion, but did he really? |publisher=PolitiFact |last=Gillin |first=Joshua |date=June 11, 2015}} A substantial amount of the tax savings in the higher estimate came from the phasing out of the federal estate tax law implemented in 2001 under President George W. Bush, for a total tax savings of {{USD}}848 million per year; Jeb Bush did not push for a replacement with a state tax. The biggest reduction in taxes was due to the elimination of the state's Intangible Personal Property Tax, which applied to holdings of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and money market funds.During Bush's tenure, the state also increased its reserves from {{USD}}1.3 billion to {{USD}}9.8 billion, which coincided with Florida receiving the highest possible bond rating for the first time.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush's Record Offers Cover From the Right, Wall Street Journal, Reinhard, Beth, February 18, 2015, According to Kurt Wenner, VP of research at Florida Tax Watch, Bush was governor during one of the strongest revenue periods for the state of Florida, due in part to the boom in property values, so that revenue grew despite the tax cuts he implemented.WEB, The Other Bush on Taxes,weblink CNN Money, 28 August 2015, Bush reduced the state's government workforce by 11 percent.WEB, Jeb Bush says he cut 13,000 state workforce jobs as governor,weblink PolitiFact, August 4, 2015, NEWS, Kleindienst, Linda, The Jeb Bush Era Ends in Florida,weblink Washington Post, 28 August 2015, In May 2006, as part of a {{USD}}448.7 million line-item veto of state funding, he cut a total of {{USD}}5.8 million in grants to public libraries, pilot projects for library homework help and web-based high-school texts, and funding for a joint-use library in Tampa.WEB,weblink American Libraries – Gov. Jeb Bush Vetoes Florida Library Appropriations, ALA, May 26, 2006, April 3, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090604160013weblink">weblink June 4, 2009, mdy-all, As Governor of Florida, Bush received grades of B in 2000,WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2000, Policy Analysis No. 391, February 12, 2001, September 3, 2015, WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2000, February 12, 2001, September 3, 2015, A in 2002,WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2002, Policy Analysis No. 454, September 20, 2002, September 3, 2015, WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2002, September 20, 2002, September 3, 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150904142858weblink">weblink September 4, 2015, B in 2004,WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2004, Policy Analysis No. 537, March 1, 2005, September 3, 2015, WEB, Moore, Stephen, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2004, March 1, 2005, September 3, 2015, and C in 2006WEB, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2006, Policy Analysis No. 581, October 24, 2006, September 3, 2015, WEB, Slivinski, Stephen, Cato Institute,weblink Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2006, October 24, 2006, September 3, 2015, from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, in their biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's governors.

Education policy

Bush's administration emphasized public education reform. His "A+ Plan" established heightened standards, required testing of all students, and graded all Florida schools. From 1998 to 2005, reading scores of 4th grade students in Florida on the National Assessment of Educational Progress increased 11 points, compared to 2.5 points nationally, according to the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think tank which opposes standardized testing.WEB,weblink Governor Jeb Bush: A Record of Leadership and Policy Accomplishment, Washington Policy Center, Bush has been a proponent of school vouchers and charter schools, especially in areas of the state with failing public schools, although to date very few schools have received failing grades from the state. He established the McKay Scholarship Program which provides vouchers for students with learning disabilities to attend a school of their choice. He also established the A+ Opportunity Scholarship Program which provided vouchers to students. This program was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in 2006.Thomas, Robert. God in the Classroom: Religion and America's Public Schools, p. 167 (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007).Bush helped create the Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship which provides corporations with tax credits for donations to Scholarship Funding Organizations. Those organizations must spend 100% of the donations on scholarships for low income students.Bush declined to raise taxes for education, which led him to oppose a ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution so as to cap growing school class sizes. Bush said he had "a couple of devious plans if this thing passes".WEB,weblink Bush would seek to kill class-size amendment, 2005-07-26, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20021008041532weblink">weblink October 8, 2002, mdy, WEB,weblink Audio File, 2005-07-26, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20021008041532weblink">weblink October 8, 2002, mdy, Despite his opposition, the amendment passed.WEB,weblink Statutes & Constitution :Constitution : Online Sunshine, Leg.state.fl.us, April 3, 2009, In higher education, Bush approved three new medical schools during his tenure and also put forth the "One Florida" proposal, an initiative that had the effect of ending affirmative action admissions programs at state universities.James, Joni. Jeb Bush on One Florida, St. Petersburg Times, March 18, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2008. These moves were among the concerns that led to the faculty of the University of Florida to deny Bush an honorary degree, while the University of Florida Alumni Association made him an honorary alumnus.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush denied one honor, wins another – Politics – MSNBC.com, MSNBC, March 24, 2007, April 3, 2009,

Health policy

As governor, Bush proposed and passed into law major reform to the medical liability system. The Florida Senate, a majority of which were Republican, opposed Bush's proposed caps on non-economic damages for injury and wrongful death. Bush insisted, and called the legislature into five special sessions. The contentious debate even included a senior Bush staffer calling for primary opposition to Republicans who disagreed with the Governor on the reforms. Eventually, the legislature agreed to the caps and Bush's reforms passed. In 2014, after Bush left office, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the damage cap – the "centerpiece" of the 2003 legislation that Bush had pushed for – to be a violation of the state Constitution's equal protection clause, discriminating against "those who are most grievously injured, those who sustain the greatest damage and loss, and multiple claimants."Mary Ellen Klas, Fla. Supreme Court rejects damage caps on medical malpractice, Miami Herald (March 13, 2014).Bush passed a reform to Florida's Medicaid system that moved recipients into private managed care systems.Bush was involved in the Terri Schiavo case, involving a woman with massive brain damage, who was on a feeding tube for over 15 years, and whose husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, wished to remove the tube. This move was opposed by Terri Schiavo's parents in the courts. Bush signed "Terri's Law", legislation passed by the Florida legislature that authorized him, as governor, to keep Schiavo on life support.weblink Florida Governor Jeb Bush intervenes in "right-to-die" case: A cruel pandering to the religious right, October 31, 2003, Joseph Kayweblink"Eventually, Jeb Bush Will Need to Claim He's the Conservative Candidate" National Review Online Jim Geraghty December 3, 2014 The law was ruled unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court on September 23, 2004. That decision was appealed to the federal courts. On January 24, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, thus allowing the Florida court's ruling to stand.weblink "Justices Decline Schiavo Case" March 25, 2005, Washington PostWhile Governor of Florida, Bush was opposed to abortion.John, Arit. January 13, 2015. Which Bush is Most Conservative? You Might Be Surprised. Bloomberg. Retrieved: April 11, 2015. He supported a law requiring parental notification for teen abortions and requested that the courts appoint a guardian for the unborn child of a mentally disabled woman who had been raped.WEB, Scott Conroy,weblink Could Jeb Bush Win Over the Christian Right in '16?, RealClearPolitics, April 8, 2014, February 20, 2015, Choose Life, a pro-life advocacy group based in Ocala, Florida, submitted a specialty license plate application—previously vetoed by Governor Lawton Chiles—which passed both houses and was signed into law by Bush on June 8, 1999."Florida approves 'Choose Life' license plate" {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130810101605weblink |date=August 10, 2013 }} Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 24, 1999Olszonowicz, Deborah: weblink" title="archive.is/20070927210150weblink">"Motor Vehicle Registration and License Plates" x, September 1999

Other policies

(File:Jeb Bush Earth Day Rookery Bay 2004.jpg|right|thumb|Bush at Rookery Bay participating in Earth Day activities in 2004)Bush signed legislation to restore the Everglades in 2000 as part of an {{USD}}8 billion project in conjunction with the federal government. He also set aside over one million acres of land for conservation as part of a land purchase program.Chapin, Timothy et al. Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise, p. 246 (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012).In 2001, Bush eliminated civil service protection for over 16,000 state jobs, which had the effect of making it easier to fire employees in those positions. In addition, he issued an executive order which removed racial preferences in state contracting.In 2004, Bush supported an unsuccessful bill to allow illegal immigrants to be issued drivers licenses by the state.Bush supported more than a dozen new protections for gun owners. In 2005, Bush signed into law Florida's stand-your-ground law,NEWS, Jeffers, Jr., Groomer, In Arlington, Jeb Bush says 'stand your ground' invalid in Trayvon Martin case,weblink January 31, 2015, The Dallas Morning News, March 24, 2012, NEWS, Meckler, Laura, What Kind of Republican is Bush? His Time as Governor Offers Clues,weblink January 31, 2015, Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2014, which was the first such state law in the United States.WEB, States That Have Stand Your Ground Laws,weblink FindLaw, Thomson Reuters, February 1, 2015, Bush is an advocate of capital punishment and 21 prisoners were executed during his term.NEWS,weblink Pope Francis takes a dim view of the death penalty, but not all Catholics are convinced, National Catholic Reporter, March 24, 2015, June 17, 2015, After the execution of Ángel Nieves Díaz was seemingly botched – the execution took 37 minutes to complete, and required a second injection of the lethal chemicals – he suspended all executions in Florida on December 15, 2006.NEWS,weblink Botched execution likely painful, doctors say, Associated Press, December 16, 2006, During Bush's tenure, the racial and gender diversity of the state's judicial bench increased. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Democrats criticized some of Bush's judicial appointments as being "overtly partisan and political".

Veto of high speed rail and other vetoes

Bush often used the line-item veto to limit state spending.Gillin, Joshua. “PolitiFact Florida: When Jeb Bush was known as 'Veto Corleone'”, Miami Herald (May 30, 2015).Crew, Robert. Jeb Bush: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, p. 48 (University Press of America, 2009). He exercised his veto to stop other legislation as well (such as a bill about "parenting coordinators").WEB,weblink Bush veto dated June 18, 2004, In 1995, the Florida state legislature created the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) and came up with a public-private partnership model. Government would build the system leveraging state dollars with federal funds and tax-free bonding. The private sector was to invest money in the project, help design and build the network, and be given the franchise to operate the trains (known as design-build-maintain-operate, or DBOM). Trains would be privately owned, similar to how the airline industry operates in a publicly financed airport.Florida High Speed Rail – Overview {{Webarchive|url=https://archive.is/20130414175403weblink |date=April 14, 2013 }}. Florida Bullet Train.org. Retrieved on 2010-11-09.The rail system and its planning was estimated to cost $7–$8 billion. The Florida HSRA and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reached an agreement with a consortium that included the Fluor Corporation and Bombardier Transportation. The consortium agreed to invest $300 million and utilize the DBOM functionality. The state of Florida would float state bonds, and FDOT would commit $70 million annually (increasing three percent yearly to account for inflation) to service the bonds for the next thirty years. Federal monies would pay for the interest on the bonds, and the state monies would satisfy the principal. When the high-speed railroad was running, operating surpluses would also be applied to the debt.BOOK, McCommons, James, Waiting on a Train, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2009, White River Junction, Vermont, 258–259,weblink 978-1-60358-064-9, The high-speed rail project nearly came to fruition until Bush became governor in 1999 and ended the project his second day in office, stating that the venture posed too much risk and cost for Florida taxpayers.NEWS,weblink Bullet train hits a big obstacle – Jeb Bush, Orlando Sentinel, January 14, 1999, May 19, 2015, State legislators reacted by adding the project on the 2000 ballot as a constitutional amendment which was ultimately passed by voters. The amendment directed Bush and legislature to start building the railroad system by 2003. Bush vetoed funding for both the project and the board, and led a high-profile campaign to repeal the constitutional requirement that mandated the construction of the high-speed system. Voters repealed the constitutional amendment. Many who voted believed they were supporting the train, though in fact a "yes" vote was to approve the repeal.FDOT spokesperson Nazih Haddah commented that "the rhetoric was inflammatory and misleading. It was really exaggerating tactics that were used to defeat this. The financing and the project were sound. It really squandered a great opportunity for this state." Other public officials stated that Bush's underhanded tactics were emblematic of his willingness to protect moneyed interests – including developers, energy producers and highway builders – who opposed a shift toward mass transit and helped fund the repeal effort. "It's that arrogance of kind of the 1%," said Orlando transportation engineer Ian Lockwood.NEWS, Noah, Bierman, Jeb Bush's war against Florida high-speed rail shows his governing style, Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2015,weblink April 7, 2016,

2002 gubernatorial re-election

Bush was unopposed in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary, and in the general election he faced Democratic challenger Bill McBride. They met for two debates, in the most expensive Florida gubernatorial election yet.NEWS,weblink Bush, McBride debate tonight, May 25, 2008, September 27, 2002, St. Petersburg Times, WEB,weblink Bush, McBride Face Off In Final Debate, May 25, 2008, October 22, 2002, Associated Press, NEWS,weblink Bush Bets His Popularity And Scores a Big Victory, May 25, 2008, November 6, 2002, The Washington Post, Voting went smoothly.NEWS,weblink THE 2002 ELECTIONS: THE FLORIDA VOTE; Bush Wins 2nd Term With Surge, May 25, 2008, November 6, 2002, The New York Times, Dana, Canedy, Bush defeated McBride 56% to 43%, a greater margin of victory than in 1998.Bush won 44% of the state's Jewish vote in the 2002 race.Stewart, Russ. Will Iraqi Victory convert Jews to GOP? {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20081119045334weblink |date=November 19, 2008 }}, Russ Stewart, April 16, 2003. Retrieved June 14, 2008. Bush also won the white female vote in the swing-voting battleground of Central Florida's I-4 corridor.WEB,weblink The (Finally) Emerging Republican Majority, Weeklystandard.com, April 3, 2009, However, he was not able to replicate the same success with African American voters (like he had earlier in 1998), winning only 8% of the African American vote. He became the first Republican governor of Florida to win re-election.

Post-governorship

Impact on political party

File:Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, Announcement Tour and Town Hall, Adams Opera House, Derry, New Hampshire by Michael Vadon 07.jpg|thumb|In Derry, New HampshireDerry, New HampshireAccording to political scientist Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida, "In Florida, [Bush is] still perceived as conservative, especially on fiscal issues and even on social issues."NEWS,weblink The Christian Science Monitor, Linda, Feldmann, Is Jeb Bush a real conservative? Six things to know about his record., June 15, 2015, Outside of Florida, fellow Republican leaders throughout the country have sought Bush's aid both on and off the campaign trail. Bush's out-of-state campaign visits include Kentucky, where Republican challenger Ernie Fletcher appeared with Bush and won that state's governorship in 2003, ending a 32-year streak of Democratic governors.WEB,weblink As Ky. governor, Fletcher vows to 'clean up mess', enquirer.com, In the first few months of 2014, Bush campaigned for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and David Jolly who won a special congressional election in Florida.Rucker, Philip and Costa, Robert. “Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race”, The Washington Post (March 29, 2014).Bush has been criticized by some in the Tea Party as not being sufficiently conservative, as he supports positions on immigration and Common Core that are unpopular with some conservatives.Collinson, Stephen and Reston, Maeve (January 28, 2015) – "Jeb Bush's Conservative Evolution". CNN. Retrieved January 28, 2015. Bush publicly criticized the national Republican party for its adherence to "an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement" on June 11, 2012. In comments shared with Bloomberg View, Bush suggested that former Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush would "have had a hard time" finding support in the contemporary GOP.NEWS,weblink The New York Times, Jim, Rutenberg, Jeb Bush Takes Aim at Fellow Republicans, June 11, 2012, In October 2013, Bush called for passage of immigration reform.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush says GOP needs 'agenda{{'-, |last1=Kopan|first1=Tal|date=October 17, 2013|work=Politico|accessdate=October 17, 2013}} In April 2014, Bush said of illegal immigration: "It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."WEB,weblink Jeb Bush to decide on Republican presidential run by end of year, April 6, 2014, www.theguardian.com, Guardian News and Media Limited, April 6, 2014,

Political interests

From 2004 to 2007, Bush served as a Board Member for the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).WEB,weblink Who We Are – Board Members, National Assessment Governing Board, May 29, 2013, Created by Congress, the board's purpose is to establish policy on reports examining K-12 students' academic progress in America's public and private schools. Since then Bush's education foundation has advocated for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.NEWS,weblink Read Rick Scott's Common Core letters, order. A Jeb Bush dis? Not quite. Will Legislature abide? Yes, Caputo, Marc A., September 23, 2013, The Miami Herald, October 17, 2013, In October 2013, referring to opponents of the standards, Bush said that while "criticisms and conspiracy theories are easy attention grabbers", he instead wanted to hear their solutions to the problems in American education.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush to Common Core opponents: 'conspiracy theories are easy attention grabbers{{'-, |last1=Leary |first1=Alex |date=October 17, 2013 |work=Tampa Bay Times |accessdate=October 17, 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20131017154221weblink |archivedate=October 17, 2013 |df=mdy-all }}In May 2006, Bush was approached to become the next commissioner of the National Football League.WEB,weblink Governor Jeb Bush Confirms Discussing His Interest in NFL Commissioner Job, Fox News, June 5, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060602111107weblink">weblink June 2, 2006, yes, mdy-all, The outgoing commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, was searching for replacements. In response, Bush said on May 24, 2006 that "I'm Governor of the state of Florida and I intend to be Governor until I leave—which is January 2007."NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush quashes NFL speculation, Usatoday.Com, May 25, 2006, April 3, 2009, Roger Goodell eventually became the new NFL commissioner.In April 2013, Bush authored a cover story for Newsmax magazine, warning that America's entitlement system risked collapse unless there was a course correction in U.S. public policy. Bush touted a six-point plan that addressed taxes, education, immigration, energy, regulatory policy, and the family unit.NEWS, Bush, Jeb, We Can Be Great Again,weblink Newsmax, April 2013, November 26, 2013,

Business activities

{{expand section|date=September 2015}}According to Fox Business, Bush earned nearly half of the {{USD}}29 million he earned between 2007 and when he decided to run for Republican presidential nomination in December 2014, from Wall Street banks and companies.WEB, Gasparino, Charlie, Exclusive: Why Doesn't Jeb Want to Talk About Lehman Bros?,weblink Fox Business, 19 September 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150908190505weblink">weblink September 8, 2015, yes, mdy-all, In April 2007, Bush joined Tenet Healthcare's board of directors.Koenig, David. Jeb Bush joins Tenet Healthcare's board, USA Today, May 10, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2008. The following August, Bush joined investment bank, Lehman Brothers, as an adviser in its private equity group.NEWS,weblink Lehman hires Jeb Bush as private equity advisor, Reuters, August 30, 2007, April 3, 2009, Dan, Wilchins, Bush has also served on the board of InnoVida, Swisher Hygiene, and Rayonier and has served as an adviser to Barclays.NEWS, Barbaro, Michael, Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle, The New York Times, A1, April 21, 2014,weblink April 28, 2014, Bush would later return {{USD}}270,000 in consultancy fees he had been paid by InnoVida after they declared bankruptcy.NEWS,weblink Timeline: Jeb Bush and InnoVida, Gold, Matea, January 19, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post, April 6, 2015, As of 2014, Bush had received more than {{USD}}2 million from his work for Tenet, a company that expected to receive {{USD}}100 million in new earnings in 2014 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and that "aggressively encouraged Americans to sign up for insurance under the program...." Bush has reportedly objected to the ACA at company meetings, but has kept his personal views separate from what is best for Tenet.Bush owns several international stocks.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush's Personal Investments Are as Messy as His Suspended Campaign, Money, en, 2018-12-01,

2016 presidential campaign

File:Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg|thumb|250px|Bush speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C., 2015]]Bush had been considered a potential candidate in the 2016 presidential election since the end of the 2012 election.NEWS, Rutenberg, Jim, Jeff Zeleny, Jeb Bush in 2016? Not Too Early for Chatter,weblink December 1, 2012, The New York Times, November 22, 2012, On October 2, 2014, George W. Bush said that his brother "wants to be President".Kendall Breitman, George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants it. Politico, 10/2/14.On December 16, 2014, Bush announced via Facebook that he would be "actively exploring" a 2016 run to become President of the United States and at the end of the year resigned several corporate boards.WEB,weblink A Note from Jeb Bush, facebook.com, NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush sheds corporate commitments to help 2016 presidential run, Roberts, Dan, January 1, 2015, www.theguardian.com, Guardian News & Media Limited, January 1, 2015, In February 2015, Bush released several thousand emails from his time as governor online. Most of the emails are in the public record under Florida's Sunshine Laws. However, Bush created controversy by releasing some emails that included some personal details such as social security numbers, names, and addresses, as well as the contents of the messages.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush releases eight years' worth of emails: Is that legal?, Christian Science Monitor, February 10, 2015, February 10, 2015, Mendoza, Jessica, Jeb Bush camp blames Florida for unredacted emails Kendall Breitman, Politico, February 10, 2015 Bush's campaign team subsequently redacted the personal information.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush redacts correspondents' leaked information, BBC, February 11, 2015, February 12, 2015, File:Jeb Bush (22709849565).jpg|thumb|250x250px|Bush speaking in IowaIowaBy extending the exploration mode of his potential candidacy to a six-month period (his scheduled announcement came one day short of six months into his exploratory phase), Bush used his time to get acquainted with the press, court donors, and prepare a strategy. In doing this, he navigated several campaign finance laws which limit donations and prohibit coordination with Super PACs.Frumin, Aliyah. "Jeb Bush exploits major loophole in campaign finance rule", MSNBC (May 2, 2015). In May 2015, it was reported that Bush had been raising money since January 2015, estimated to be close to {{USD}}100 million, for his super PAC, Right to Rise.Frumin, Aliyah. May 2, 2015. Jeb Bush exploits major loophole in campaign finance rule. MSNBC. Retrieved: May 3, 2015.Bush announced his candidacy on June 15, 2015, at a multicultural campus of Miami Dade College.NEWS, Diamond, Jeremy,weblink Jeb Bush to announce candidacy June 15, CNN, June 4, 2015, June 4, 2015, NEWS, Tau, Byron, Jeb Bush Files Paperwork to Run for President,weblink The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2015, June 15, 2015, WEB, Holland, Steve, Jeb Bush vows to fix Washington as he starts White House run, Reuters, June 15, 2015,weblink June 15, 2015, According to Reuters, Bush characterized himself as a moderate Republican who still has conservative principles; he promised immigration reform, spoke fluent Spanish, mentioned his wife's Mexican origins, and criticized Hillary Clinton.Holland, Steve. "Jeb Bush strikes softer tone at start of White House run", Reuters (June 15, 2015). David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, said: "It's pretty hard for [Republicans] to win the White House if current Hispanic voting trends continue. (Bush) has some unique abilities to appeal to those voters and he's going to maximize them."After a series of poor results in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bush spent his remaining money and campaign effort on the South Carolina primary. He placed fourth with under 8% of the vote. That night, Bush suspended his campaign, ending his presidential bid, and subsequently endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz.WEB, Jeb Bush drops out of GOP race in South Carolina,weblink KTAR.com, 2016-02-21, English, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160221083817weblink">weblink February 21, 2016, mdy-all, Lee, M. J. "Donald Trump and Jeb Bush aren't on the same planet" CNN (October 9, 2015).WEB,weblink Jeb Bush backs Ted Cruz for president, Mark Preston and Theodore Schleifer, CNN, WEB, Jeb Bush Drops Out of Presidential Race,weblink TIME.com, 2016-02-21, TIME, Staff, In an analysis of what went wrong, POLITICO argues that: "His slow, awkward stumble from August through October encapsulates everything that caused the operation viewed as "Jeb!, Inc." to fail. Bush was on the wrong side of the most galvanizing issues for Republican primary voters, he himself was a rusty and maladroit campaigner and his campaign was riven by internal disagreements and a crippling fear that left them paralyzed and unable to react to Trump."Eli Stokols, "Inside Jeb Bush's $150 Million Failure His closest aides failed to predict Trump and never changed course, guiding a flawed candidate into a corner he couldn't escape." February 20, 2016.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush: 'I Will Not Vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton', Dann, Carrie, May 6, 2016, NBC News, October 9, 2016,

Political positions

(File:JebBush.jpg|thumb|upright|Jeb Bush at FITN, the First In Nation Republican Leadership Summit, Nashua, New Hampshire on April 17, 2015)Bush has addressed myriad political issues over the course of his career, many of them during his governorship as already described. In conjunction with his 2015 bid for the presidency, he has revisited many issues that he addressed before, as well as discussing many new ones.

Domestic issues

Bush believes abortions should only be legal in the case of rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger. He does not support public funding for abortion clinics.WEB, Jeb Bush's Issue Positions,weblink VoteSmart, April 12, 2015, Bush has questioned the scientific opinion on climate change,WEB, Waldman, Paul, May 12, 2014,weblink Where the 2016 GOP contenders stand on climate change, The Washington Post, April 11, 2015, while stating "I think global warming may be real", and "It is not unanimous among scientists that it is disproportionately manmade. What I get a little tired of on the left is this idea that somehow science has decided all this so you can't have a view." National Journal wrote that Bush "does not acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity drives climate change".Clare Foran, Jeb Bush is All Over the Place on Climate Change: The 2016 hopeful is "concerned" about global warming. Will he do anything to fight it?, National Journal (May 22, 2015).Bush supports offshore drilling outside of Florida. He says that he supports the Keystone XL oil pipeline as well as fracking. According to his spokeswoman, "As governor he worked to strike a balance between our nation's energy needs and the economic and environmental interests of Florida. He believes states should have a role in decisions that impact their coastline. Expanding domestic energy production is key to ensuring America's energy security."WEB,weblink Politico: Jeb Bush and His Anti-Drilling Stance, Newsmax, Bush favors repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") and replacing it with a "market-oriented" alternative.Igor Bobic, Jeb Bush: Replace 'Monstrosity' of Obamacare, Huffington Post (March 8, 2015). Bush has called the current law a "monstrosity" that is "flawed to its core."Bill Glauber, Obamacare is flawed, Jeb Bush says at Milwaukee event, Journal Sentinel (November 4, 2015). Bush has proposed some sort of state- or local-government funded "catastrophic coverage" system, in which "if you have a hardship that goes way beyond your means of paying for it, ... the government is there or an entity is there to help you deal with that." After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA in King v. Burwell in June 2015, Bush stated that the decision was "not the end of the fight" against the law.Jeb: Ruling is 'not the end of the fight' against ObamaCare, The Hill (June 29, 2015).In 2015, Bush took the position that people in the United States illegally should have a path to legal status, but not a path to citizenship, and said that legal status and avoiding deportation should require immigrants to pay fines, get work permits, pay taxes, not receive government assistance, learn English, and not commit crimes. He supports tougher enforcement of immigration laws, including prosecution of businesses that try to hire illegal aliens.Mullany, Gerry. Jeb Bush on the Issues, New York Times (June 5, 2015).Bush, an opponent of same-sex marriage, disagreed with the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decisionMcLaughlin, Seth (June 26, 2015). Jeb Bush: Same-sex marriage should have been decided by states. The Washington Times. Retrieved: 17 September 2015: "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush restated his support of traditional marriage in response to the Supreme Court opening the door to same-sex marriage across the country." and believes that the issue should be decided by the states rather than by the federal governmentPatrick Healy, Jeb Bush Takes Tougher Stance Against Same-Sex Marriage, New York Times (May 17, 2015). and that it is not a constitutional right.Alexandra Jaffe, Jeb Bush stands by opposition to same-sex marriage, CNN (May 18, 2015).WEB,weblink Jeb Bush says same-sex marriage should not be a constitutional right, The Guardian, May 18, 2015, June 17, 2015, Gambino, Lauren, He holds that businesses should have the right to refuse to provide services for same-sex couples on religious grounds. In July 2015, Bush said he supported lifting the military's ban on allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military, so long as "the military's comfortable with this" and it did not impact morale.Jon Ward, Jeb Bush supports Pentagon move to allow transgender military service, Yahoo Politics (July 16, 2016).Overall, Bush is for expanding gun owners' rights.Rachel Wellford, What does Jeb Bush believe? Where the candidate stands on 11 issues, PBS (June 15, 2015).As Governor, Bush adopted a "tough on crime" approach.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush ‘conflicted’ about the death penalty, 2015, The Washington Post, BOOK,weblink Building the Prison State, Schoenfeld, Heather, Chicago University Press, 2018, 173, In the 1998 gubernatorial election, he ran on a 10-20-life platform which imposed stronger mandatory minimum sentences for individuals who used guns in crimes. Bush is a supporter of the death penalty.Andrew Prokop, The Jeb Bush formula: How the staunch conservative learned to talk moderate — and win, Vox (June 15, 2015) In his unsuccessful 1994 campaign for Florida governor, Bush promised to sign many more death warrants as governor. One of the "central themes" of Bush's 1994 campaign was his proposal to shorten the appeals period in capital cases.Christina Wilkie, If You Think Jeb Bush Is A Moderate, Then You Missed His 1994 Campaign, Huffington Post (January 8, 2015). During Bush's term as governor, some 21 prisoners were executed.NEWS,weblink Pope Francis takes a dim view of the death penalty, but not all Catholics are convinced, March 24, 2015, National Catholic Reporter, June 17, 2015, In 2015, Bush said he was conflicted about the death penalty. In his 1994 campaign, Bush proposed publishing the names of juvenile delinquents so the public would "know who the thugs are in their neighborhoods." In 2002, Bush opposed a Florida ballot measure that would have allowed nonviolent drug offenders to enter treatment programs instead of prison.Julie Hauserman, Bush opposes ballot measure in drug fight, St. Petersburg Times April 11, 2002). Bush's then-24-year-old daughter had been arrested the same year on drug-related charges and underwent treatment.Bush admitted smoking marijuana in his teenage years. "Forty years ago I smoked marijuana and I admitted it," said Bush. "I'm sure other people did it and didn't want to admit it in front of 40 million people."Nick Wing, Jeb Bush Sheepishly Talks About Smoking Weed 40 Years Ago, HuffingtonPost (September 16, 2015). He also agreed that his decision to take marijuana was "stupid" and "wrong."Michael Kranish, Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years, The Boston Globe (February 01, 2015).Mark Ram, Jeb Bush on marijuana legalization, Marijuana Reform (February 23, 2016). Bush believes each state should be allowed to decide whether it is appropriate to legalize marijuana or not.Bush opposes net neutrality.Zeke J. Miller. (March 7, 2015). "Jeb Bush: Net Neutrality Decision Is 'Crazy{{'"}}. Time.

Economic issues

Bush supports a decrease in capital gains taxes and property taxes. He supports cutting taxes for all Americans and believes they do better with less government interference. Bush also is a supporter of welfare restrictions. He supports the following: a four-year limit of benefits, a requirement that able-bodied recipients participate in work-related activities in order to receive benefits, and limiting benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) – The Voter's Self Defense System – Vote Smart, Project Vote Smart, Bush favors gradually raising the retirement age (i.e., the age for collecting Social Security retirement benefits) from 65 to 68 or 70.Max Ehrenfreund, "This presidential election could totally change when you can retire". The Washington Post. (June 4, 2015).Bush is a frequent critic of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.Alejandro Lazo, Jeb Bush Attacks Obama Policies, Says GOP Needs 'Hopeful' Message in 2016, Wall Street Journal (January 23, 2015).Jeb Bush says U.S. bank rules may have contributed to systemic risks, Reuters (June 9, 2015).

International relations and security

In May 2015, Bush stated that he would have ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq had he been president at the time: "I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got." He also indicated that the lack of focus on post-invasion security was a mistake.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush says he would have invaded Iraq, Tumulty, Karen, May 10, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post, May 10, 2015, He later stated that "knowing what we know now, ...I would not have engaged". "I would not have gone into Iraq", he said. He also argued that the invasion—though perhaps inspired by faulty intelligence—had been beneficial, saying the world was "significantly safer" without Saddam Hussein in power.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush: 'I would not have gone into Iraq' – CNNPolitics.com, Sara Murray and Maeve Reston, CNN, May 13, 2015, CNN, In 2015, Bush said that he does not support a further major commitment of U.S. troops in Iraq to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), saying that such a deployment is not needed to defeat ISIS.David Welna, Jeb Bush Offers His Prescription For Iraq, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday (August 15, 2015). He has not, however, ruled out such a deployment in the future. Bush favors building a new U.S. base in Iraq's al-Anbar province, and has said that some U.S. troops ought to be embedded with Iraqi armed forces to help train them and identify targets as joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs). Bush has not commented on adding to the approximately 3,500 U.S. troops in Iraq now.In a speech, Bush said his brother, former President George W. Bush, was his main adviser on policy with the Middle East. Bush later clarified that he was referring to policy on Israel, rather than on the Middle East as a whole.NEWS,weblink One of Jeb Bush's top advisers on Israel: George W. Bush, Costa, Robert, Gold, Matea, May 7, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post, May 8, 2015, NEWS, Murray, Sara, Jeb: George W. Bush is a top foreign policy adviser,weblink May 11, 2015, CNN, May 7, 2015, Bush supports the continued collection of metadata of phone calls by the National Security Agency.NEWS,weblink Bush credits Obama for continuing NSA's metadata program, O'Keefe, Ed, April 21, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post, April 21, 2015, He also supports the USA Patriot Act, and criticized efforts by Senator Rand Paul and others to stop its reauthorization. Bush stated that Paul was "wrong" about the Patriot Act and stated that: "The Patriot Act has kept us safe, plain and simple. The metadata program has kept us safe, plain and simple. There's been no violation of civil liberties."Erik Schelzig, Jeb Bush says Rand Paul 'wrong' on ending surveillance laws, Associated Press (May 31, 2015).Bush has called for increased military spending, expressing the belief that 2.5% of GDP is an insufficient amount.Doug Bandow, Jeb Bush Abandons Mainstream, Finds Inner Neocon, Cato Institute (August 18, 2015).James Bowen, Jeb Bush his 'own man', but with some familiar foreign policy ideas, The Interpreter (Lowy Institute for International Policy) (February 19, 2015).Bush has called the April 2015 Iran nuclear deal framework a "horrific deal" and said he would likely terminate any final agreement should he become president. He has argued that the deal would put Iran into a position where it could intimidate the Middle East. Bush condemned the July 2015 final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers, calling it "appeasement."Ben Jacobs, Jeb Bush denounces Iran nuclear deal as appeasement, Guardian (July 14, 2015). However, Bush stated that he would not seek to revoke the agreement on his first day in office.Eli Stokols, Jeb Bush: I wouldn't roll back Obama's Iran deal on Day One, Politico (July 17, 2015).Bush supported President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He tweeted: "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and I applaud @POTUS for seeing through America’s promise to relocate its embassy there. This is an important show of solidarity with Israel, one of our nation’s greatest allies."NEWS, Florida reaction to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel,weblink Tampa Bay Times, December 6, 2017,

Civic and charitable activities

After losing a 1994 election for Governor of Florida against Lawton Chiles, Bush pursued policy and charitable interests. He "volunteered time to assist the Miami Children's Hospital, the United Way of Dade County and the Dade County Homeless Trust".WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130901201248weblink">weblink yes, September 1, 2013, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Bush served from 2012NEWS, Bush foundation celebrates 25 years of family literacy, Bello, Marisol, March 5, 2014,weblink USA Today, February 12, 2015, to 2015 as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.NEWS,weblink Larson, Leslie, February 12, 2015, New York Daily News, January 1, 2015, Jeb Bush resigns from corporate, nonprofit boards to start 2015 afresh, He has also worked with The James Madison Institute (JMI), a free market public policy think tank based in Tallahassee, Florida. He helped the institute in numerous ways and still has his think tank working in conjunction with it. In June 2008, Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education partnered with JMI to hold a summit called Excellence in Action: A National Summit on Education Reform.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081210123308weblink">weblink yes, December 10, 2008, Cato on "Excellence in Action: A National Summit on Education Reform", August 23, 2008, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Foundation for Excellence in Education, In 1996, The Foundation For Florida's Future published a book that Bush had co-written, Profiles in Character ({{ISBN|0-9650912-0-1}}), a clear parallel to John F. Kennedy's 1955 book Profiles in Courage. The foundation also published and distributed policy papers, such as "A New Lease on Learning: Florida's First Charter School", which Bush co-wrote.WEB,weblink A New Lease on Learning:Florida's First Charter School (PDF), 2005-04-23, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20000824141829weblink">weblink August 24, 2000, mdy, Bush subsequently wrote the foreword to another book, published by the conservative Heritage Foundation and written by Nina Shokraii Rees, School Choice 2000: What's Happening in the States ({{ISBN|0-89195-089-3}}).Bush co-founded the first charter school in the State of Florida: Liberty City Charter School, a grades K-6 elementary school.WEB,weblink Liberty City Charter School, 2005-04-16, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060404104958weblink">weblink April 4, 2006, mdy, in a Miami neighborhood that, in 1980, was the site of the first major race riot since the Civil Rights era.WEB,weblink African American Registry: Riot erupts in Liberty City!, Aaregistry.com, April 3, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080611153658weblink">weblink June 11, 2008, The school's co-founder, working alongside Bush, was T. Willard Fair, a local black activist and head of the Greater Miami Urban League. The Liberty City Charter School was closed in 2008 after falling more than {{USD}}1 million in debt.WEB,weblink Charter schools enrolling low number of poor students, The Miami Herald, December 16, 2011, March 21, 2013, McGrory, Kathleen, Hiaasen, Scott, In 2000, Bush established the Points of Light program to recognize an "exemplary volunteer, organization, or person".NEWS, Berrios, Jerry, Hero in the Spotlight, The Miami Herald, 1B, August 20, 2003, Bush is the honorary chairman of the Annual AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Golf Classic, a fundraiser that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He first became involved in the benefit after meeting with committee member Lawson Dutton, whose child suffered from cystic fibrosis."Golf Tournament – 19th Annual AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Classic Sponsored By The Wasie Foundation Event Time & Tickets." Eventful. Eventful, Inc November 14, 2014 19th annual Jeb Bush Florida Classic Supporters raised more than {{USD}}722,000 in 2014 at the 19th annual Jeb Bush Florida Classic, exceeding their goals in attendance and revenues raised.Abraham, Randy. Fundraiser help fight cystic fibrosis Sun Sentinel, December 17, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2015. Since the event's inception 19 years ago, the total revenue netted has reached over {{USD}}7.478 million.Jeb Bush Florida Classic History. Retrieved March 19, 2015.

Personal life

File:State Funeral for George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States 181205-D-EI292-183.jpg|thumb|State Funeral for George H.W. BushGeorge H.W. BushIn the city of León, Mexico, where he was teaching English during 1970 as part of a foreign exchange program, Bush met Columba Garnica Gallo. They were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071007142035weblink">weblink yes, October 7, 2007, Gedda, George, Bush has hemisphere on brain, Laredo Morning Times, February 14, 2001, October 21, 2006, WEB,weblink Jeb Bush's Latin 'Lover:' R-Rated – Bloomberg, Political Capital, As of 2014, the family residence is in Coral Gables, Florida.WEB, Bush, Jeb, Jeb Bush: The Things I Really Love About Florida,weblink Gulfshore Life, August 2014, Bush is fluent in Spanish.NEWS,weblink Jeb Bush Speaks Fluent GOP in Spanish-Language Ads, October 6, 2014, February 9, 2015, Giroux, Greg, The Bushes have three children: George Prescott (born April 24, 1976, in Texas),WEB, Associated Press,weblink George P. Bush starts small, shuns idea his name, Hispanic heritage can save GOP in Texas, Washington Post, July 20, 2013, WEB,weblink Texas Births, 1926–1995, Familytreelegends.com, May 13, 2015, went to Gulliver Preparatory School, studied at Rice University, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law. In the 2014 election, he was elected Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. Noelle Lucila Bush (born 1977) is his only daughter. In November 2015, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Bush detailed Noelle's struggles with drug abuseweblink CNNNEWS, Parker, Ashley, Jeb Bush Drops Guard to Share Family Account of Addiction,weblink 13 February 2019, New York Times, January 5, 2016, His other son, Jeb Bush Jr. (born 1983), who attended Bolles School, works for a Miami, Florida, commercial real estate firm. Bush has four grandchildren, two through his elder son, and two through his younger son.WEB,weblink Jeb Bush Welcomes Birth Of New Granddaughter, Vivian Alexandra Columba, The Huffington Post, In 1995, Bush converted from Episcopalianism to Roman Catholicism.WEB, Jeb Bush, Catholic Convert. Will His Brother Convert?,weblink September 2, 2009, Catholic.org, August 8, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120905224016weblink">weblink September 5, 2012, In 2004, he became a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.WEB, President Discusses Compassionate Conservative Agenda in Dallas,weblink August 8, 2012, {{dead link|date=August 2016|bot=medic}} Bush, a member of Father Hugon Council 3521 in Tallahassee, has joined the Father Hugon Assembly.WEB, KofC: Southeast – Florida,weblink Knights of Columbus, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150108175150weblink">weblink January 8, 2015, In April 2018, upon mother Barbara Bush's death, Bush delivered a eulogy on behalf of the family at her funeral.NEWS,weblink 'The first lady of the greatest generation': Barbara Bush honored by friends and family at private funeral in Houston, Shaban, Hamza, 2018-04-21, Washington Post, 2018-04-21, en-US, 0190-8286,

Electoral history

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Bibliography

  • BOOK, Jeb, Bush, Brian, Yablonski, Profiles in Character, 978-0-9650912-0-6, 1996, Foundation for Floridas Future,weblink
  • BOOK, Clint, Bolick, Jeb, Bush, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, 978-1-4767-1346-5, 2013, New York: Simon & Schuster, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,

See also

References

{{Reflist|30em}}

Further reading

External links

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