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The Honorable John Ellis “Jeb” Bush
Governor
Florida
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Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. Over two terms, Governor Bush championed major reform of government, in areas ranging from health care and environmental protection to civil service and tax reform. His priority was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system. Under Governor Bush’s leadership, Florida established a bold accountability system in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice programs in the nation.

After leaving office in 2007, Bush returned to the private sector, where he reestablished his career as a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and investor. He also founded and serves as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a non-profit that works with state and education leaders, teachers, and parents to develop and implement reforms that improve student achievement.

From 1987 – 1988, Bush served as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Governor Bob Martinez. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Bush 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 co-authored Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, which outlines a conservative reform strategy to fix the nation’s broken immigration system; as well as Profiles in Character, which profiles Florida’s civic heroes and advocates a return to the principles of our Founding Fathers.

Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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