FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Austin- The Republican Party of Texas is thrilled to announce that Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will be serving as the 2016 Victory Chairman for the state of Texas. As Chair, Commissioner Bush is committed to leading the Republican team into the election this fall and raising the funds to finance an extensive and comprehensive political operation that will identify, register, and turn out Republican voters in the coming months of this election year.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush: “I am honored to serve as Victory Chairman. I look forward to working with grassroots conservatives across the state as we keep Texas red on Election Day so that we can continue to showcase Texas as the most conservative state in America.”
RPT Chairman Tom Mechler welcomed Commissioner Bush’s leadership by stating: “The Republican Party of Texas is very excited to hit the ground running with Commissioner Bush in this year’s Victory efforts. We look forward to having the Commissioner’s assistance so that we can take the fight directly to the Democrats. 2016 is a critical election year, and I am confident that with Commissioner Bush serving as the 2016 Victory Chairman, we will annihilate the Democrats up-and-down the ballot this November.”
Commissioner Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston. He was elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014, earning more votes than any other statewide candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Bush took office on Jan. 2, 2015.
As Texas Land Commissioner, Bush works to ensure Texas veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education and manages state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy-independent. Commissioner Bush also watches over the Alamo and preserves historic archives at the General Land Office that date back to the Spanish Empire.
Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service, working as a public school teacher in Miami after graduating from Rice University and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Commissioner Bush is a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses.
Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their two sons, Prescott and Jack.