Columba Bush

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Columba Bush
Columbabush.jpg
Bush on January 6, 2005
BornColumba Garnica Gallo
(1953-08-17) August 17, 1953 (age 60)
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
OccupationFormer First Lady of Florida
PredecessorAnne Selph
SuccessorCarole Rome
ReligionRoman Catholicism[1]
Spouse(s)Jeb Bush (m. 1974)
ChildrenGeorge P. Bush, Noelle Bush, Jeb Bush, Jr.
ParentsJosé María Garnica and Josefina Gallo
Relatives

George H. W. Bush (father-in-law)

George W. Bush (brother-in-law)
 
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Columba Bush
Columbabush.jpg
Bush on January 6, 2005
BornColumba Garnica Gallo
(1953-08-17) August 17, 1953 (age 60)
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
OccupationFormer First Lady of Florida
PredecessorAnne Selph
SuccessorCarole Rome
ReligionRoman Catholicism[1]
Spouse(s)Jeb Bush (m. 1974)
ChildrenGeorge P. Bush, Noelle Bush, Jeb Bush, Jr.
ParentsJosé María Garnica and Josefina Gallo
Relatives

George H. W. Bush (father-in-law)

George W. Bush (brother-in-law)

Columba Bush (born August 17, 1953) is a Mexican-born American philanthropist. She is the wife of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Life and career[edit]

Bush was born as Columba Garnica Gallo in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, where she grew up and attended high school. Her parents were José María Garnica, a migrant worker, and Josefina Gallo. She met Jeb Bush in 1971 in León, where he was teaching English as part of a foreign exchange program. They were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas.[2] The couple have three children: George P. Bush, Noelle Bush and John Ellis Bush, Jr.

Bush's relationship with her mother was the subject of a brief profile in the book Mamá: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers by María Pérez-Brown (ISBN 0-06-008386-7). Her parents divorced in 1963.

Activism and organizations[edit]

Bush has been active in promoting the arts. In 1999 she worked with Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education (ACE/FAAE) to develop Arts for Life!, a program devoted to increasing the importance of art in the education system. She has also used her experience with her family's substance abuse issues to aid treatment and prevention programs such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She has served as co-chair of the NIAAA initiative, Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, and has served on the board of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Bush and her husband are active Catholics. She is a member of Regnum Christi. In 2007 they attended the Regnum Christi Family Convention in Atlanta.

She also appeared in a Spanish language campaign commercial for her father-in-law, George H. W. Bush, in 1988.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeb Bush, Catholic Convert. Will His Brother Convert?". Catholic.org. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gedda, George (2001-02-14). "Bush has hemisphere on brain". Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Father-in-Law", Bush campaign ad
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Anne Selph MacKay
First Lady of Florida
1999 – 2007
Succeeded by
Carole Rome