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Speaker's Biography

Jeb Bush

President, Founder and Chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education; 43rd Governor of Florida


Jeb Bush was 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. He was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Gov. Bush remained true to his conservative principles during his two terms--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 economies in the nation, creating 1.3 million net new jobs and improving the state's credit ratings, including achieving the first triple-A bond rating. Gov. Bush previously served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce under Gov. Bob Martinez. Currently, he is Chairman of Dock Square Capital LLC, a merchant bank based in Miami. He has written three books: "Profiles in Character," "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution," and "Reply All: A Governor's Story 1999-2007."


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