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George W. Bush

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43rd President of the United States (2001 - 2009)

Personal Details

George Walker Bush (b. on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut) was the 43rd President of the United States. He served from 2001 to 2009.

Prior to serving as president, Bush was the governor of Texas and a part owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team.

Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but his father, George H.W. Bush, moved the family to Texas in 1948 working in the oil industry. Bush attended school at the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts where he played baseball, basketball and football. Upon graduation in 1964, he went to Yale University. He joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and accepted an invitation into the Skull and Bones society, a group his father and grandfather were also a part of. Just prior to graduation, Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard serving as a fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserve until he was honorably discharged in 1974. He went on to earn his MBA from the Harvard School of Business.

He moved back to Texas in 1975, where he met and married Laura Welch. He worked on building his oil business until selling it in 1986 to the Harken Energy Corporation. He helped his father get elected to the presidency from Washington, D.C., in 1988 before returning to Texas once again, this time joining a group of investors to purchase Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. In 1994, he ran and won the seat as the governor of Texas.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bush's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 1968: Graduated from Yale University
  • 1968-1970: Fighter pilot for the Texas Air National Guard
  • 1975: Earned MBA from Harvard Business School
  • 1975-1986: Founder and CEO of Bush Exploration
  • 1980-1986: Chairman/CEO of Spectrum 7 Energy Corp.
  • 1985-1986: Director of Harken Energy Corp.
  • 1988: Worked for the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign
  • 1989-1994: Managing general partner of the Texas Rangers
  • 1994-2000: Governor of Texas
  • 2000: Campaigned for U.S. presidency
  • 2001-2009: President of the United States of America
  • 2010: Decision Points memoir released
  • 2013: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University opened
Elections

2004 presidential election

In 2004, Bush defeated Democratic challenger John Kerry for the United States presidency.

U.S. presidential election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge W. Bush/Dick Cheney Incumbent 50.8% 62,039,572 286
Democratic John Kerry/John Edwards 48.3% 59,027,115 251
Independent Ralph Nader/Peter Camejo 0.4% 465,642 0
Libertarian Michael Badnarik/Richard Campagna 0.3% 397,265 0
Constitution Michael Peroutka/Charles Baldwin 0.1% 144,650 0
Green David Cobb/Pat LaMarche 0.1% 119,910 0
Total Votes 122,194,154 537
Election results via: 2004 Presidential General Election Results

Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Leonard Peltier, Walt Brown, Róger Calero, Thomas Harens, Gene Amondson, Bill Van Auken, John Parker, Charles Jay, Stanford Andress and Earl Dodge.

2000 presidential election

In 2000, Bush defeated former Vice President Al Gore for the United States presidency.

U.S. presidential election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge W. Bush/Dick Cheney 48% 50,462,412 271
Democratic Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 48.5% 51,009,810 266
Green Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke 2.7% 2,883,443 0
Reform Pat Buchanan/Ezola Foster 0.4% 449,181 0
Libertarian Harry Browne/Art Olivier 0.4% 384,532 0
Total Votes 105,189,378 537
Election results via: 2000 Presidential General Election Results

Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Howard Phillips, John Hagelin, James Harris, L. Neil Smith, David McReynolds, Monica Moorehead, Cathy Brown, Denny Lane, Randall Venson, Earl Dodge, Louie Youngkeit and various write-in candidates.

Endorsements
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