Bradley Prize recipient Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of Florida in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. His second term as governor ended in January 2007. He is the founder, chairman of the Board of Directors, and president of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national organization dedicated to improving educational quality. Bush is also president of the consulting business Jeb Bush and Associates.
In 1987 and 1988, Bush served as Secretary of Commerce under Florida’s 40th governor, Bob Martinez. In 1995, he founded the policy groupFoundation for Florida’s Future — which, with theUrban League of Greater Miami, established the state’s first charter school, Liberty City Charter School, in one of the most-underserved parts of Miami-Dade County. Bush also co-authoredProfiles in Character in 1996, a book recounting the stories of 14 of Florida’s quiet civic heroes.
During his two terms as Florida’s chief executive, Bush championed major reforms of elementary and secondary education. He raised academic standards, required public-school accountability, and created a school-choice program. In addition, Bush also cut taxes every year of his tenure in office and signed legislation advancing consumer-driven health-care reform.
In 2010, Bush partnered with former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise to create the Digital Learning Council (DLC). Under their leadership, DLC has developed a blueprint for local, state, and federal officials to integrate high-quality digital learning into education.
Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.