Bush: Great-Grandson Also Rises

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Add one to the political lineage of the Bush family that started in Connecticut with the senator named Prescott:

A great-grandson lining up to run for statewide office in Texas.

George Prescott Bush, 36, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, has filed papers in Austin required of anyone seeking statewide office.

He hasn’t specified his intentions, but the Associated Press quotes Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson saying he believes that Bush will either seek his job in 2014 or run for state attorney general.

Bush, raised in Miami by a Mexican-born mother and a commercial real estate developing father who became a two-term governor of Florida, moved to Texas for law school, settled as a judge’s clerk and has become a private business consultant.  Living in Fort Worth, he founded St. Augustine Partners, a business consulting firm aimed at small- and medium-market energy industries.

With his name and his heritage, Texas is a ready fit for a fourth-generation political career.

We caught up with the younger Bush at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this year.

“We’re already a majority-minority state — we’ll be a majority Hispanic state within the next 10 years,” Bush said of his adopted home state, appearing at a Bloomberg-sponsored forum in Tampa.

Maintaining that “kitchen-table issues” are crucial for all voters, Hispanic or not, he said it ultimately “comes down to family values, job creation and the growth of our economy… These are issues that our party does fairly well on… I think we win on those discussions.”

 

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