John Ellis “Jeb” Bush (born February 11, 1953) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43 Governor of Florida from 1999-2007. Bush is the second son of former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Bush formally announced his decision to seek the Republican Presidential candidacy on June 15, 2015 .
Bush first ran for office in 1994. He lost the election for Governor by less than 2 percentage points to Lawton Chiles. In 1998 Bush ran again and defeated Lieutenant Governor MacKay with 55 percent of the vote. Bush ran for re-election in 2002 and won with 56 percent of the vote to become the first two term Republican Governor (CBS News).
On December 16, 2014 Bush announced the formation of the Right to Rise PAC, a Super PAC intended to serve as an exploratory committee and fundraising mechanism for potential candidates. While Bush was yet to be announced as a candidate he was the first potential contender to make a move towards the 2016 election. Bush announced his “exploration” as a potential Presidential candidate in December 2014. By doing so Bush was able to get around several campaign finance laws that limit donations that can be made to an individuals campaign and prohibit super PACs from directly coordinating with candidate’s campaigns.
Bush did not do well in the South Carolina primary and decided to withdraw from the Presidential race February 20, 2016.
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