Texas Politics
10:02 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Ending Speculation, Jeb Bush Says George P. Is Running For Texas Land Commissioner

When word came last week that George P. Bush had filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to begin raising money for a political campaign, folks wondered if Bush – part of the Presidential Bush family – would go straight to the top and run for Governor in 2014.

A report in the Tampa Bay Times settled those speculation by confirming that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,sent out a fundraising appeal to donors this week asking them to support his son's potential run for Texas land commissioner.

The elder Bush wrote: "The office that George is considering running for is Land Commissioner which oversees the mineral rights, commercial real estate owned and sovereign submerged lands of the State of Texas as well as veterans affairs and historic archives."

George P. Bush’s mother is an immigrant from Mexico and he is seen as a rising Hispanic Republican star.

A run for land commissioner would set him up to potentially succeed Jerry Patterson, who is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.