53 Facts About Jeb Bush

1. In 2000, Jeb Bush established the Points of Light program to recognize an "exemplary volunteer, organization, or person".

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2. Jeb Bush co-founded the first charter school in the State of Florida: Liberty City Charter School, a grades K-6 elementary school.

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3. Jeb Bush has worked with The James Madison Institute, a free market public policy think tank based in Tallahassee, Florida.

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4. Jeb Bush served from 2012 to 2015 as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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5. Jeb Bush condemned the July 2015 final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers, calling it "appeasement.

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6. Jeb Bush supports the USA Patriot Act, and criticized efforts by Senator Rand Paul and others to stop its reauthorization.

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7. Jeb Bush supports the continued collection of metadata of phone calls by the National Security Agency.

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8. Jeb Bush has not commented on adding to the approximately 3,500 US troops in Iraq now.

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9. Jeb Bush supports cutting taxes for all Americans and believes they do better with less government interference.

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10. Jeb Bush supports a decrease in capital gains taxes and property taxes.

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11. Jeb Bush believes states should have a role in decisions that impact their coastline.

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12. Jeb Bush does not support public funding for abortion clinics.

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13. Jeb Bush announced his candidacy on June 15, 2015, at a multicultural campus of Miami Dade College.

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14. In February 2015, Jeb Bush released several thousand emails from his time as governor online.

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15. On December 16, 2014, Jeb Bush announced via Facebook that he would be "actively exploring" a 2016 run to become President of the United States and at the end of the year resigned several corporate boards.

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16. Jeb Bush has served on the board of InnoVida, Swisher Hygiene, and Rayonier and has served as an adviser to Barclays.

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17. In October 2013, Jeb Bush called for passage of immigration reform.

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18. Jeb Bush would "have had a hard time" finding support in the contemporary GOP.

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19. Jeb Bush publicly criticized the national Republican party for its adherence to "an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement" on June 11, 2012.

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20. Jeb Bush became the first Republican governor of Florida to win re-election.

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21. Jeb Bush won the white female vote in the swing-voting battleground of Central Florida's I-4 corridor.

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22. Jeb Bush was unopposed in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary, and in the general election he faced Democratic challenger Bill McBride.

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23. Jeb Bush exercised his veto to stop other legislation as well.

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24. Jeb Bush often used the line-item veto to limit state spending.

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25. In 2005, Jeb Bush signed into law Florida's stand-your-ground law, which was the first such state law in the United States.

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26. Jeb Bush supported more than a dozen new protections for gun owners.

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27. In 2004, Jeb Bush supported an unsuccessful bill to allow illegal immigrants to be issued drivers licenses by the state.

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28. Jeb Bush signed legislation to restore the Everglades in 2000 as part of an 8 billion project in conjunction with the federal government.

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29. Jeb Bush signed "Terri's Law", legislation passed by the Florida legislature that authorized him, as governor, to keep Schiavo on life support.

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30. Jeb Bush was involved in the Terri Schiavo case, involving a woman with massive brain damage, who was on a feeding tube for over 15 years, and whose husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, wished to remove the tube.

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31. Jeb Bush passed a reform to Florida's Medicaid system that moved recipients into private managed care systems.

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32. In 2014, after Jeb Bush left office, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the damage cap—the "centerpiece" of the 2003 legislation that Bush had pushed for—to be a violation of the state Constitution's equal protection clause, discriminating against "those who are most grievously injured, those who sustain the greatest damage and loss, and multiple claimants.

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33. Jeb Bush insisted, and called the legislature into five special sessions.

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34. Jeb Bush declined to raise taxes for education, which led him to oppose a ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution so as to cap growing school class sizes.

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35. Jeb Bush said he had "a couple of devious plans if this thing passes".

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36. Jeb Bush helped create the Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship which provides corporations with tax credits for donations to Scholarship Funding Organizations.

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37. Jeb Bush established the A+ Opportunity Scholarship Program which provided vouchers to students.

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38. Jeb Bush established the McKay Scholarship Program which provides vouchers for students with learning disabilities to attend a school of their choice.

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39. In 1998, Jeb Bush defeated his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay, by over 418,000 votes to become Governor of Florida.

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40. In 1994, Jeb Bush launched an unsuccessful bid for the Governor's office against incumbent Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles.

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41. In 1989, Jeb Bush was the campaign manager of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American to serve in Congress, in her special election.

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42. Jeb Bush advocated for Cuban exiles living in South Florida, and supported the Cuban embargo.

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43. The younger Jeb Bush recommended Dexter Lehtinen for the post of US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and set up a meeting between the Bush Administration and Motorola.

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44. Jeb Bush volunteered for his father's campaigns in 1980 and 1988.

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45. In 1983, Jeb Bush said of his move from Houston to Miami: "On the personal side, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law were already living here.

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46. Jeb Bush took a job in real estate with Armando Codina, a 32-year-old Cuban immigrant and self-made millionaire.

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47. In 1974, Jeb Bush went to work in an entry-level position in the international division of Texas Commerce Bank, which was founded by the family of James Baker.

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48. Jeb Bush completed his coursework in two and a half years.

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49. Jeb Bush played on the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team in 1973.

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50. Jeb Bush completed ninth grade in Houston, but was advised to repeat it at Andover, and was nearly expelled due to poor grades.

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51. Jeb Bush was born on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas.

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52. Jeb Bush suspended his campaign on February 20, 2016, shortly after the South Carolina primary and endorsed Senator Ted Cruz on March 23, 2016.

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53. In 1994, Jeb Bush made his first run for office, losing the election for governor by less than two percentage points to the incumbent Lawton Chiles.

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