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My Former Governor Jeb Bush

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush was my my Governor from January 1999 through January 2007.

My Jeb Bush Performance Scoring:

character Character: Uncompromising.

competency Competency: Stellar.

contribution Contribution. Impressive; particularly with public education.

Jeb Bush Accomplishments

  • Jeb Bush's most significant accomplishments and legacy are clearly his advancements in the state's public education. Jeb made education reform a defining theme and introduced the "A+ Plan" to achieve consistent standardized testing across all schools, eliminate social promotion programs and implement a system of funding public schools based on a comparative grading system. Bush also championed school vouchers and charter schools in districts where public schools failed the students, however, these initiatives failed to gain traction before Bush left office and have remained dormant. From a higher education perspective, Bush approved three new medical schools during his terms as Governor.
  • Jeb Bush was more accessible to the people than prior Governors. Overall, he remained popular throughout his terms with his Florida constituency. Bush was the first Republican governor to ever be re-elected to a second term in Florida history (despite being branded the "Number One Target" by the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and other democratic groups nationally due to their fury with the Florida recount which ultimately determined the 2000 presidential campaign).
  • Throughout his Governorship, Bush's administration promoted a theme of non–discrimination and rewarding merit. The Bush administration appointed more highly qualified women, blacks and other minorities in top-level government positions than any prior Florida Governor.

Jeb Bush Public Service History

Jeb Bush's political career began in 1986 as Chairman of the Dade County Republican Party. After a successful campaign promoting Bob Martinez to the Governor's position, Bush was appointed Secretary of Commerce for the State of Florida and held that role for two years before leaving in 1988 to assist with his father's presidential campaign. In 1994, Jeb Bush lost an extraordinary close race for Florida's governor (Bush lost by 63,940 votes out of 4,206,076 cast) to competitor Lawton Chiles. In 1998, Bush again ran for the Florida Governor position and defeated Lt. Governor Buddy MacKay. Bush became term limited out after two consecutive terms in 2007. Since 2004, Bush has served a four-year term as a National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) board member. The NAGB was enacted by Congress with the mission to establish policy for K-12 students’ academic progress in America’s public and private schools. This year, Bush began serving on the NAGB educational committee focused on Standards, Design and Methodology. Bush also remains active in the "Project for the New American Century" think tank group which aspires to promote global leadership by American companies. Bush is continually suggested by the media to ponder a presidential bid, however, every statement by Jeb Bush on the topic is an unequivocal denial.

In only two and a half years duration, Jeb graduated with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. He then registered for the military draft, however, the Vietnam war ended before his number was reached.

Jeb Bush is of course a well known member of the Bush family. Jeb is the younger brother of President George W. Bush, the older brother of Neil Bush, Dorothy Bush Koch and Marvin Bush and the son of President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush.

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Posted: March 10, 2007
Keywords: My Florida Governor, Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush
Governor Jeb Bush

43rd Governor of Florida
January 1999 to January 2007

Lt Governor: Frank Bogan (99-03)
Lt Governor: Toni Jennings (03-07)
Preceded by: Buddy MacKay
Succeeded by: Charlie Crist

Party: Republican

Spouse: Columba Bush


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