His father was still a student at Yale when he was born. After George H.W. Bush graduated from Yale in June 1948, the young family moved to Odessa, Texas, where the Governor’s father began work in the oil business.
1954 in Midland
"I never dreamed about being president. When I was growing up, I wanted to be Willie Mays." --George W. Bush.
George W. Bush spent hours playing baseball in a field behind his house and played catcher in the Little League in Midland. George W. attended his first baseball games as a baby when his father played for the Yale team; Governor Bush also later played for Yale as a pitcher during his freshman year.
George W. Bush attended Yale from 1964 until 1968 and graduated with a major in history. He played baseball during his freshman year and rugby during his junior and senior years. He later attended Harvard and earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1975.
Texas Air National Guard
George W. Bush served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 until 1973. He attended flight school and flew F-102s with the 147th Fighter Wing, 111th Fighter Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard.
After earning an MBA at Harvard, George W. Bush’s entrepreneurial spirit drew him back home to West Texas and its booming energy business. He started out as a land man, researching who owned mineral rights to property, then began trading mineral and royalty interests and investing in drilling prospects, and ultimately started his own oil and gas company. circa 1978.
Running For Congress
George W. Bush and his wife Laura spent most of their first year of marriage traveling as he campaigned for Congress in a large west Texas district that included their hometown of Midland. He ran a positive, issues oriented campaign and called for balancing the federal budget by reducing spending while cutting taxes to stimulate job creation. He defeated two tough and credible opponents, including the former mayor of Odessa, in the Republican primary, but lost in the general election to Democrat Kent Hance. After the election he went back to the energy business and built his oil company. In 1983 he merged with another energy company, Spectrum 7, and became its chief executive officer.
The young Bush family, lived in Midland and later moved to Dallas. They lived in Washington for a year when President Bush ran for President in 1988. Governor and Mrs. Bush have worked hard to protect their daughters’ privacy. They attend public school in Austin but do not give interviews and only appear at public events if they want to.
George W. Bush worked to assemble the group of owners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball team from Eddie Chiles in 1989, and then served as one of two managing general partners with Rusty Rose until he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. While serving as managing general partner, George W. Bush became friends with a Texas legend, pitcher Nolan Ryan, who is pictured here. This year, Governor Bush attended Nolan Ryan’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Governor Bush enjoys bass fishing at his lake home in East Texas.
George W. Bush is the 46th Governor of the State of Texas and the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Now in his second term as Governor, Mr. Bush has earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control. On March 14, 2000, Governor Bush earned enough delegates to become the Republican nominee for President.
During three Texas Legislative sessions, Governor Bush has worked in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation with statewide leaders and members of the Texas Legislature to enact historic reforms to improve public schools, put welfare recipients to work, curb frivolous lawsuits and strengthen criminal justice laws. In his five years in office, Gov. Bush has delivered the two largest tax cuts in state history, totaling nearly $3 billion, to Texas taxpayers.
Governor Bush’s first priority is the education of our children. He has worked with the Legislature to increase the state’s share of funding for schools, to restore local control, to strengthen the state’s accountability system, to give parents and students greater choice of schools, and to foster competition and creativity through charter schools and an expanded menu of educational opportunity. His most profound goal for Texas is that every child will learn to read by third grade and will continue to read at grade level or better throughout public school.
As President, Governor Bush will pursue the same common sense agenda in the same bipartisan way that he has in Texas. Governor Bush has proposed bold initiatives to ensure that America’s prosperity has a purpose. He has propose plans for improving our nation’s public schools by strengthening local control and insisting on accountability; reducing taxes on all taxpayers, especially those on the outskirts of poverty; strengthening the military with better pay, better planning, and better equipment; saving and strengthening Social Security and Medicare by providing seniors with more options; and ushering in the responsibility era in America.
George W. Bush was born July 6th, 1946 and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National
Guard. He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. After working on his father’s 1988 presidential campaign he assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989 and which later built the Ranger’s new home, the Ballpark at Arlington. He served as managing general partner of the Texas Rangers until he was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote.
In 1998 Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other that Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo.
Governor Bush and his wife, Laura, a former teacher and librarian who grew up in Midland, reside in the historic Governor’s mansion in Austin with their 18-year-old twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, their dog, Spot, and their two cats, India and Ernie.
Governor Bush is a Methodist and has served on the boards of various charitable, business, and civic organizations.