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U.S. History

George Walker Bush, Biography

Former governor of Texas and since January 20th, 2001 the 43rd president of the United States.
George Walker Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and is the oldest son of former US president George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara Pierce Bush.
George W. Bush grew up in Houston as well as Midland, Texas, were his father was working in the oil business. He has four siblings: brother Jeb (Governor of Florida), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. A further, younger sister died of leukemia at age 3.
Like his father, Mr. Bush, joined the renowned Philips Andover Academy in Massachusetts, before he went to Yale University where he received a bachelor's degree in 1968. Between 1972 and 1975 he studied at Harvard Business School and finished the school with a Master of Business Administration. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard before beginning his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975, working in the energy industry until 1986. He called his company 'Arbusto', which is the Spanish word for 'Bush'. Later he renamed the company to 'Bush Explorations'.
The falling oil price led to the sale of his business. Bush accepted a merger offer of Spectrum7, an oil investment firm. Bush became chairman of this enterprise. In 1986 when the oil price was finally completely down, he arranged the sale of the company.
Fall 1987 he moved with his family to Washington D.C. to support his father in his political campaigns.
After working on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, he went back to Dallas, Texas, and assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.

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 an 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 the same year he sold his baseball team: the team was once bought for 606.000 US-Dollar and had now a worth of about 15 millions! A another great success for George W. Bush.

In 1999 George W. Bush announced publicly that he will run for presidency. In July 2000 he named his choice for the Vice president position: it was Richard B. (Dick) Cheney, a former congress man from Wyoming, who already served as secretary of defense under George W. Bush's father.

Although the presidential elections in November 2000 became one of the most difficult and closest ones in the US history, George W. Bush won.

Since the inauguration on January 20th, 2001, he is the 43rd President of the United States.

Since 1977 President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and they have 19-year-old twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The Bush family also includes their dogs, Spot and Barney, and a cat, India.

George W. Bush and his wife Frau Laura lived in the White House in Washington, D.C., during the presidency and on their Ranch in Crawford, Texas.

The presidency of George W. Bush ended on January 20th, 2009, with the Inauguration of the new Democratic President Barack Obama.

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