George P. Bush eyes job of Texas Land Commissioner

George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2011 Republican Leadership Conference features keynote addresses from most of the major republican candidates for president as well as numerous republican leaders from across the country.
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George P. Bush is starting off his political career with a possible bid for Texas Land Commissioner, according to a fundraising letter from his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The younger Bush filed paperwork to run for statewide office last week, but it was unclear for which office he was running. The Texas Land Commissioner is responsible for managing billions of dollars of state assets, investments and mineral rights. He also heads several key state boards and commissions, overseeing matters ranging from coastal issues to veterans affairs.

In his letter, the former governor asks his supporters to make a contribution as George P. Bush begins his quest for public service.

"George's experience and skills match the job," Jeb Bush wrote, noting that his son helped build a successful real estate fund business and has practiced law. George P. Bush is also a Navy veteran who served for nine months in Afghanistan last year. He's gained political experience, his father pointed out, by serving as chairman of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and acting as a surrogate for the Romney campaign, among other things.

"Ok, what can I say?" Jeb Bush concluded. "I am proud of my son."

George P. Bush would, of course, join a long family history of holding elected office in Texas. Before he was president, George H.W. Bush (George P.'s grandfather) represented Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before George W. Bush (George P.'s uncle) was president, he served as governor of Texas.