President George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States
2001 - Present
Born July 6, 1946
Married to Laura Welch Bush
George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn
into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and
sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Prior to his Presidency,
President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of
Texas, where he earned a reputation for bipartisanship and as a compassionate
conservative who shaped public policy based on the principles of limited
government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut,
and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor’s
degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as an
F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received
a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975.
Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in
the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988
Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled the group of partners
who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. On November
8, 1994, President Bush was elected Governor of Texas. He became the
first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms
when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998.
Since becoming President of the United States in 2001, President Bush
has worked with the Congress to create an ownership society and build
a future of security, prosperity, and opportunity for all Americans.
He signed into law tax relief that helps workers keep more of their hard-earned
money, as well as the most comprehensive education reforms in a generation,
the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This legislation is ushering in
a new era of accountability, flexibility, local control, and more choices
for parents, affirming our Nation’s fundamental belief in the promise
of every child. President Bush has also worked to improve healthcare
and modernize Medicare, providing the first-ever prescription drug benefit
for seniors; increase homeownership, especially among minorities; conserve
our environment; and increase military strength, pay, and benefits. Because
President Bush believes the strength of America lies in the hearts and
souls of our citizens, he has supported programs that encourage individuals
to help their neighbors in need.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked
our Nation. Since then, President Bush has taken unprecedented steps
to protect our homeland
and create a world free from terror. He is grateful for the service and sacrifice
of our brave men and women in uniform and their families. The President is
confident that by helping build free and prosperous societies, our Nation
and our friends and allies will succeed in making America more secure and
the world more peaceful.
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and
librarian, and they have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The Bush
family also includes two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, and a cat, Willie.