Jeb Bush is taking on a task that Bill Clinton before him, and George H.W. Bush before that, has performed.
No, it’s not the presidency of the United States.
John Ellis Bush has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center, which runs the museum of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia. He will succeed Clinton, who has served as chairman since January 2009 and who succeeded Bush’s father, the 41st president.
“I am honored to have this opportunity and am humbled to follow in the footsteps of my beloved father, President George H.W. Bush, who first exemplified to me what it means to be a good citizen and to uphold the ideals expressed within the U.S. Constitution,” Bush, who served as Florida’s governor from 1999-2007, said in a statement issued by the center. “The National Constitution Center’s mission to improve civic education and engagement and inspire active citizenship is filling a critical void in our country. ”
“Governor Bush will be an eloquent spokesman for the center’s mission and will work well with all of the center’s supporters regardless of party,” Clinton said in a statement issued for him.
The center, in addition to a “world-class museum,” sponsors a national discourse about the Constitution and education for students and teachers.
“The center’s board represents a broad spectrum of political views, and Governor Bush’s unanimous election reflects his appeal across party lines,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, vice chairman of the board and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Bush runs his own consulting firm, Jeb Bush and Associates, as well as the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He is widely perceived as one of the Republican Party’s top prospects for presidential nomination in 2016, though has said his window of opportunity has passed. He also is a younger brother of former President George W. Bush, who has his own center now in Dallas.