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. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, who is an attorney and partner at Jackson Walker, LLP and their son, Prescott.
Who I Am… Where I Stand… What I Will Do
The story of Texas is the story of aspiration. Settlers arriving looking for a better way of life… wildcatters drilling for natural resources that would fuel the American economy… scientists working at computers in Houston to put a man on the Moon. In Texas, we know that tomorrow will be better than today. And we know that this is the greatest state in the union because we have the greatest people in the world. Texans are always pushing forward toward the next frontier.
As a native Texan, I’m running for Texas Land Commissioner because I believe that while the state of this great place is strong, we can make it even better.
And we build a better, brighter future by returning to the conservative values that made us great in the first place: faith, freedom, family. These are the same values that I found in my own professional experience lead to success in any endeavor.
As a public school teacher, I learned that we need more accountability from our schools and more options for our parents. Education is often measured by inputs; it needs to be measured by outcomes.
As a businessman, I learned that government can’t create jobs; but it can prevent the creation of jobs. Jobs come from small businesses and entrepreneurs who need to have the freedom to pursue their dreams and create economic growth.
And as a military officer, I know that we must always honor those who have honored us with their service.
As Texas Land Commissioner, I will bring my conservative values and my real-world experience with me. And I will never stop fighting to create a better Texas by promoting our common Texas values of family, faith and freedom. As a candidate for office, I want you to know who I am… where I stand… and what I will do on important issues facing our state.
I believe in constitutional conservatism. I believe that the Founding Fathers were right in creating a system of limited government and states’ rights. I believe that government policy should aim to set the guidelines for the marketplace and let entrepreneurs and businesses create jobs and growth. And I believe that the government works for the people and not the other way around.
I believe in life. I believe life is a sacred gift from God and we must be pro-life and pro-family. And I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I own a concealed handgun license. And I will never support efforts to take away the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. Not now. Not ever.
I believe in economic growth. I know that government can crowd out investment dollars and growth. We need lower taxes, less government and fewer regulations so that Texas entrepreneurs can continue to create products that change the world.
I believe in Texas energy. I believe that we can and should drill now and drill in Texas for oil and natural gas. We need more Texas energy and less Middle East energy. And the days of false choices over the environment or energy are over. We can do both. And yes, I will be a strong advocate for the Keystone pipeline that will deliver a sustainable source of crude oil to market and create Texas jobs.
I believe in stopping Obamacare. Republicans failed to stop Obamacare legislatively and legally. But we can stop it financially. This monstrosity of a law must be stopped now. Every dollar should be de-funded; every word should be repealed.
I believe in our military. The United States Military is one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known. And I believe we owe it to those who have served in uniform to help them transition back into society and help those who are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I believe in education. I believe that we have the best kids in the world and they deserve the best schools. We need to have school choice and we need it now. When we give parents a choice, we give kids a chance.
I believe in faith. I believe that we are all created by God and that God has a plan for us all. And I welcome religious expression in the public square and will fight to defend religious freedom.
I believe in the people of Texas. I believe that our greatness comes from our people, not our government. I believe in Texas Exceptionalism: that what happens here matters everywhere. If we can show others that limited government and a free market works, then we can change the direction of Washington and the world through the force of our example.