News Column

George P. Bush Looks at Land Commissioner Post

Nov. 15, 2012

Susan Schrock, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

George P. Bush, a Fort Worth attorney and son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will reportedly run for Texas Land Commissioner in 2014.

In a letter posted on the Tampa Bay Times website Wednesday, Jeb Bush asked supporters to donate to his son's campaign for the state office, whose responsibility includes managing Texas' land and mineral rights, veterans affairs and historical archives and protecting the coast.

"George's experience and skills match the job. In business, he has helped build a successful real estate fund business, and practiced law," Jeb Bush wrote in the letter.

George P. Bush, who co-founded the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and also runs a consulting firm, filed paperwork last week with the Texas Ethics Commission indicating his intent to file for public office but he did not disclose which one.

Jerry Patterson, the current Land Commissioner, is running for lieutant governor in 2014.

Bush, the Republican Party of Texas' deputy finance chairman, has been involved in politics for years. He served as a surrogate speaker for his uncle George W. Bush as well as Mitt Romney during their presidential campaigns. He was also involved in his father's three gubernatorial races in Florida, according to the Republic Party of Texas website.

Bush is a founding partner of St. Augustine Partners, LLC in Fort Worth, which provides investing, brokering and consulting services for oil and gas industry companies, according to his bio. His involvement with local nonprofit organizations includes heading a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and serving as chairman of the Fort Worth board for the Dallas-based charter school, Uplift Education.

Last year, Bush served nine months in Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, his father wrote to potential campaign donors.

Part of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas's mission is to recruit, support and elect Hispanics -- who make up about 37 percent of the state's population -- to public office, according to the group's website.

Bush, who speaks Spanish, is considering a rising star among Hispanic conservatives. His mother, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

This report contains material from the Associated Press.

Source: (c)2012 Fort Worth Star-Telegram Distributed by MCT Information Services

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