Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series

Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

WHEN: Friday, November 2, 2007, Noon to 1:30 PM

WHERE: Chantilly West Ballroom, Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207

Complimentary valet parking is available at the Chantilly Entrance. Complimentary self parking is available in Lots 2 and 3.

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Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998, and was reelected by a wide margin in 2002.  After serving two terms, he left office in January 2007.

Bush earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981.  With partner Amando Codina, he started a small real estate development company.  Today, the Miami-based Codina Group is the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida with over 200 employees.  

Bush served as Florida's secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida's 40th governor. As secretary of commerce, he promoted Florida's business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Bush founded the non-profit Foundation for Florida's Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish the state's first charter school, Liberty City Charter School, in one of the most underserved parts of Miami-Dade County.  He then authored Profiles in Character , a book profiling 14 of Florida's civic heroes—people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

After his election, Bush increased funding for public education and was described as Florida's “Education Governor” by Florida Trend magazine.  He was tough on crime and worked tirelessly to diversify Florida's economy for the 21st Century, including offering tax relief for individuals and businesses in the state. 

Governor Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation, “Empowered Care,” in June 2006. 

Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.  He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children.

The National Center for Policy Analysis is a public policy research institute founded in 1983 and internationally known for its studies on public policy issues. The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with an office in Washington, D.C.