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Jeb Bush Biography

Former Governor of Florida
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“[W]e need to measure the effectiveness of teachers in the classroom. If we don’t measure, we don’t really care about the outcome. An annual standardized test is the most objective way to determine whether a student is learning a year’s worth of knowledge in a year’s time. If a classroom of students demonstrates progress from one year to the next on a standardized test, the teacher deserves credit.”

“Global Knowledge Is Power,” Washington Times, Oct. 22, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Jeb Bush and Associates (consulting firm), 2007-present
  • Founder and Chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Founder and Chairman, Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Co-Chair, Hispanic Leadership Network Conference
  • Co-Chair, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
  • Board Member, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, CNL Bancshares, CASEnergy, Volunteer USA, Our Pledge, Rayonier Inc., Swisher Hygiene Inc., Angelica Corporation, CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc., and Empower Software Solutions, Inc.
  • Former Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force on US Immigration Policy
  • Former Co-Chair, Digital Learning Council
  • 43rd Governor of Florida, 1999-2007
  • Co-Founder, Liberty City Charter School, 1996 (Florida’s first charter school; closed in 2008)
  • Florida Gubernatorial Candidate (unsuccessful), 1994
  • Florida Secretary of Commerce, 1987-1988
  • Former Chair, Dade County Republican Party
  • Former Partner, Condino-Bush real estate group
  • Former Executive, Texas Commerce Bank
  • BA, magna cum laude, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1973
  • Attended Phillips Academy Andover, MA
  • Winner, Bradley Prize, 2011
  • Converted to Catholicism from Episcopalianism, 1995
  • Lives in Miami, FL
  • Legal name is John Ellis Bush
  • Son of 41st US President Goerge H. W. Bush
  • Brother of 43rd US President George W. Bush
  • Married Columba Garnica Gallo, 1973
  • Has three children, George, Noelle, and John Ellis, Jr. (aka “Jeb”)
  • Born on Feb. 11, 1953 in Midland, TX