Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007; and now serves as the founder, president and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He was most recently a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
While his two terms, Gov. Bush cut nearly $20 billion in taxes, vetoing more than $2.3 billion in earmarks and reducing the state government workforce by more than 13,000. His limited government approach helped create 1.3 million net new jobs and improving the state’s credit ratings. His top priority was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system. Under his leadership, Florida established a bold accountability system in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice programs in the nation. Today, Florida remains a national leader in education and is one of the only states in the nation to significantly narrow the achievement gap.
Governor Bush maintains his passion for improving the quality of education for students across the country through the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national nonprofit education reform organization he founded to transform education in America. Following an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, he also founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Urban League of Greater Miami to establish the state’s first charter school.
In addition, he serves as Chairman of Dock Square Capital LLC and joined the University of Pennsylvania as a non-resident presidential professor of practice for the 2018-19 academic year. Governor Bush previously served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and promoted Florida’s business climate worldwide.
Governor Bush previously served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and promoted Florida’s business climate worldwide.
Governor Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has written three books, “Profiles in Character;” “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution;” and “Reply All: A Governor’s Story 1999-2007.”