While many know him as the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush, he is known to his friends, business partners and colleagues as a leader with broad experience in many areas, strong convictions and fresh perspectives.
Born in Houston, George P. received his undergraduate degree from Rice University. After graduating, he taught history to at-risk students at Homestead High School in Florida’s Miami-Dade Independent School District and created its first speech and debate team that competed statewide. George P. then returned to Texas to work on his uncle George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and, in 2000, attended The University of Texas School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. After his clerkship for federal Judge Sidney Allen Fitzwater, George P. joined one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as a corporate attorney. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007. Most recently, George P. founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses.
In 2006, George P. joined the U.S. Naval Reserves through the prestigious Direct Commission Officer program. In 2010, he began an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the Special Operations Command. Among other service decorations, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his meritorious service.
George P. is committed to helping his community and the state of Texas. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and serves as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He is currently 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 serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
George P. has deep roots in the Republican Party. He has assisted and supported many GOP campaigns, beyond those of his uncle and father. He has served as the Deputy Finance Chair for the Republican Party of Texas and co-founded the Hispanic Republicans of Texas. With HRT, George P. travels around the state speaking to Hispanic groups about “kitchen table issues,” which he believes unite the Hispanic community and conservatives. The group also seeks out and helps Hispanic leaders run for public office. George P. is also the past national co-chair of Maverick PAC, a national political action committee dedicated to engaging the next generation of Republican voters.
In November 2012, George P. filed papers with the Texas Ethics Commission, declaring himself a candidate for public office in 2014. On November 4, 2014 George P. was elected Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, who is an attorney and partner at Jackson Walker, LLP and their son, Prescott.