Is America ready for another Bush in the White House? This man certainly hopes so.
After announcements from a slew of other Republican presidential hopefuls, Jeb Bush announced his plan to run for President on Monday (June 15) at Miami Dade College. Bush spent months exploring a run, and now he officially joins a crowded field of candidates in his party, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee.
Now that he's officially joined the party, here's a quick primer on the man they call Jeb.
He's The Former Republican Governor from FloridaGetty Images
Bush was the Governor of Florida from 1999-2007, where he put a major focus on education reform, and also grabbed headlines for his state's role in the tight 2000 Presidential election, as well as Terri's Law, which gave him the authority to keep Terri Schiavo, a woman with severe brain damage, on life support against the wishes of her husband.
A Couple Of His Relatives Served As President Of The United StatesGetty Images
You may remember -- or at least have heard of -- a few others from the Bush clan. There's George W. Bush, Jeb's older brother, who was President from 2001-2009, and George H.W. Bush, Jeb's father, who was President from 1989-1993.
Which Is Probably Why He's Throwing Up The Roc And Looking Like Jay Z's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia Cover Sign HereGetty Images
Was he chanting, "Ho-va! Ho-va" when this picture was taken? Probably.
But His Mom Doesn't Want Him To Run
Former First Lady Barbara Bush has said a few times that she doesn't think her son should run. "I would hope that someone else would run," she told C-SPAN in 2014.
He Met his Wife On A High School Trip To Mexico, Where She's FromJeb Bush Facebook
He was only 17, and she was 16, and they got married four years later. Look at the happy couple on their wedding day. And that moppy hair. Together, they have three children.
One Of Their Children Is Also Named George BushGetty Images
Think about that. It's not often that you hear of someone that shares the same name as their uncle and grandfather, but not their father (though I guess it would be even more odd for someone to share a name with their father, grandfather and uncle). But that's George P. Bush, Jeb's 38-year-old son, who, in 2014, was elected as Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.
The Family Speaks Only Spanish At Home
Bush is fluent in Spanish, and to this day speaks it in his home. Above, he endorses Colorado Senator Cory Gardner in an ad entirely in Spanish.
He Favors A Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants
Given his very personal ties, it's maybe not surprising that Bush is in favor of immigration reform, which is a view many of his fellow republicans don't share.
He Puts A Major Focus On Education Reform
In 1996, he co-founded Florida's first charter school. He helped vastly expand charters in the state during his time as Governor -- by 2006, there were more than 300. After leaving office, he founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education, focused on reform. He also, unlike many Republicans, supports the Common Core -- and even wrote an op-ed about it in the Wall Street Journal.
Unlike Most Republicans, He's Said He's Open To The Idea Of Raising Taxes
Granted, it was in a very specific situation. “If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 of spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement -- put me in, Coach,” he said at the U.S. House Budget Committee in 2012. As Governor, though, he signed a number of tax cuts. Overall, he's for some sort of tax reform.
He Believes In "Traditional Marriage"Getty
Even so, he sounds somewhat open to the legalization of gay marriage -- just not on a national, federal level. “I would prefer it to be a state-by-state issue,” he said in 2013. “That’s how we have dealt with a lot of issues in the United States."
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In 2003, he called himself "probably the most pro-life governor in modern times." He signed a law creating "Choose Life" license plates. He also tried to prevent a mentally disabled rape victim and a 13-year-old girl from being able to have abortions, though a spokeswoman for him recently told the Huffington Post that in the cases of incest, rape or when the life of the woman is endangered, he does not oppose abortion -- but he does in others.
He Experimented With Weed In High SchoolGetty Images
And maybe before this picture with his big bro, too? I mean, I'm just sayin'.
“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at [Phillips Academy in] Andover,” he told The Boston Globe earlier this year. “It was pretty common.” Even so, he opposed medical marijuana in Florida, which was on the ballot last year.
He Signed "Stand Your Ground" Into Law
The first of its kind in the country, the self-defense law was signed by Bush in 2005. It gained a lot of attention when George Zimmerman used it as his defense in his trial for killing Trayvon Martin. Still, Bush didn't support it's use in the case of Zimmerman -- it ultimately led to his acquittal -- saying, "it doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their back."
If Elected, He'd Be The Second Catholic President EverGetty Images
Currently, John F. Kennedy is the only ever Catholic President. Bush converted to the religion over twenty years ago.
Also, He Kinda Got Dissed By Ludacris After This Picture Was TakenJeb Bush/Twitter
They were both speaking at the Georgia Capitol. After they met, Luda was asked which Bush was his favorite. His response: "The one outside." Ouch.