Another Bush Puts His Name on the Ballot in Texas

The grandson and nephew of former presidents files to run for a statewide position in Texas

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George P. Bush, right, formally filed to run for Texas land commissioner, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, officially entered the family business on Tuesday when he filed to run for a statewide office in Texas.

The grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of George W. Bush, George P.Bush filed on Tuesday to run for Texas land commissioner. A lawyer by training and founder of a Fort Worth-based investment firm, George P. Bush seeks the oldest continuously-held office in Texas history. The land commissioner–who oversees all public lands and mineral rights in the second largest U.S. state–is frequently thought to be a springboard to higher office.

Republican Party observers also hope Bush can appeal to Hispanic voters. Bush’s mother was born in Mexico, and as of his filing he is the only Hispanic Republican running for statewide office in Texas. The current land commissioner is running for lieutenant governor, and political handicappers see Bush as the clear favorite to win the post next year.