2014-2015 Season

Restoring the Right to Rise in America

The Honorable Jeb  Bush

The Honorable Jeb Bush
Former Florida Governor; Honorary Chairman - Right to Rise PAC
Right to Rise PAC

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  • Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 04, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Cobo Center


The Honorable Sandy  Baruah

The Honorable Sandy Baruah President & CEO
Detroit Regional Chamber


Speaker Biography

The Honorable Jeb Bush   
Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in the state’s history to be reelected.

Governor Bush remained true to his conservative principles throughout his two terms in office – cutting 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 unleash one of the most robust and dynamic economies in the nation, creating 1.4 million net new jobs and improving the state’s credit ratings, including achieving the first ever Triple A bond rating for Florida.

During his two terms, Governor Bush championed major reform of government, in areas ranging from health care and environmental protection to civil service and tax reform. His top priority was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system. Under Governor Bush’s 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 continues to enjoy rising student achievement.

After leaving office in 2007, Jeb returned to the private sector, where he reestablished his career as a successful businessman, entrepreneur and investor.

He has also maintained his passion for improving the quality of education for students by founding and serving as the chairman of one of the nation’s leading conservative education reform organizations, the Foundation for Excellence in Education. The 501c3 non-profit works with state and education leaders, teachers and parents to develop and implement reforms that lead to rising student achievement. In 2013, Jeb authored Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, along with leading constitutional litigator Clint Bolick, outlining a conservative immigration reform strategy to fix the nation’s broken immigration system.

Recently, Jeb launched the Right to Rise PAC to support candidates who share his optimistic, conservative, positive vision for helping every American get ahead. His PAC will support candidates who embrace policies that create strong economic growth for all and more opportunity for every American to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

From 1987 – 1988, Bush served as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida's 40th governor. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Jeb joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools, Liberty City Charter School, in one of the most underserved parts of Miami-Dade County. In 1995, he also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes and advocating a return to the principles of our Founding Fathers.

Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeb is the son of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He and his wife Columba live in Miami and have three grown children and three grandchildren.