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George Walker Bush

43rd President of the United States
(January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009)

Nicknames: "W"

Born: July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut

Father: tiny U.S. flag George Herbert Walker Bush
Mother: Barbara Pierce Bush
Married: Laura Welch (1946- ), on November 5, 1977
Children: Barbara Pierce Bush (1981- ), Jenna Welch Bush (1981- )

Religion: Methodist
Education: Graduated from Yale University (1968); Graduated from Harvard Business School (1975)
Occupation: Businessman
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Governor of Texas, 1995-2000

Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


George W. Bush




Albert Gore, Jr.




(Vote Not Cast)




George W. Bush




John Kerry




John Edwards



Vice President: Richard B. Cheney (2001-09)


Secretary of State

Colin Luther Powell (2001-05)

Condoleezza Rice (2005-09)

Secretary of the Treasury

Paul O'Neill (2001-02)

John W. Snow (2003-06)

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (2006-09)

Secretary of Defense

Donald H. Rumsfeld (2001-06)

Robert M. Gates (2006-09)

Attorney General

John Ashcroft (2001-05)

Alberto Gonzales (2005-07)

Michael Mukasey (2007-09)

Secretary of the Interior

Gale Norton (2001-06)

Dirk Kempthorne (2006-09)

Secretary of Agriculture

Ann Veneman (2001-05)

Mike Johanns (2005-07)

Ed Schafer (2008-09)

Secretary of Commerce

Don Evans (2001-05)

Carlos Gutierrez (2005-09)

Secretary of Labor

Elaine Chao (2001-09)

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Tommy G. Thompson (2001-05)

Michael O. Leavitt (2005-09)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Mel Martinez (2001-04)

Alphonso Jackson (2004-08)

Steve Preston (2008-09)

Secretary of Transportation

Norman Y. Mineta (2001-06)

Mary E. Peters (2006-09)

Secretary of Energy

Spencer Abraham (2001-05)

Samuel W. Bodman (2005-09)

Secretary of Education

Roderick R. Paige (2001-05)

Margaret Spellings (2005-09)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Anthony Principi (2001-05)

R. James Nicholson (2005-07)

James B. Peake (2007-09)

Secretary of Homeland Security

Tom Ridge (2003-2005)

Michael Chertoff (2005-09)

Notable Events:

  • 2001

    • On September 11, terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into both towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

Internet Biographies:

George W. Bush -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

George W. Bush -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Mark J. Rozell of Catholic University of America.

George W. Bush -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

George W. Bush: Easy to underestimate -- from USA Today

Some history of Bush and his stance on major campaign issues. Written by the Associated Press.

George W. Bush: Like presidential father, like presidential son? -- from

Character and motivation piece about candidate Bush written by Beth Rowen

The Life of George W. Bush -- from The Washington Post

Photo album of Bush's life from childhood until he ran for president.

Historical Documents:

Bush accepts presidency (2000)
First Inaugural Address (2001)
Second Inaugural Address (2005)

Media Resources:

Audio & Video - Republican National Committee's "In the Arena" videos are videos mostly from 2006 of Bush's addresses to the press and public
The American Presidency Project's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for George W. Bush site with archive going back to start of Bush presidency in 2001
Inaugural Address from

Other Internet Resources:

Points of Interest:

  • Bush was one of two managing general partners of the Texas Rangers baseball club from 1989-1994.

  • Of the 6 million votes cast in Florida in the 2000 election, Bush won the state's 25 electoral votes by 537 votes.




George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States
(January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009)


Laura Bush