John Ellis “Jeb” Bush was the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in the state’s history to be reelected.
From 1987 – 1988, Bush served as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Jeb joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools, Liberty City Charter School, in one of the most underserved parts of Miami-Dade County.
Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeb is the son of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, and the brother of President George W. Bush. He and his wife, Columba, live in Miami and have three grown children and three grandchildren.