He was born George Walker Bush in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 6, 1946 to George Herbert Walker and Barbara Bush. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, he worked in the oil industry. At 31, the future oil businessman wed Laura Welch, with whom he would have two daughters, Jenna and Barbara.
In 1977 he ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter he co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team and then defeated Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election.
George W. aimed for the White House by 2000, winning a controversial election in which the race’s balance hung on a recount of ballots in Florida. Bush was elected president in 2000 after the close and controversial win over Democratic rival Al Gore, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent.
Bush left office in 2009, returning to Texas where he purchased a home in Dallas and stepping away from the political spotlight, unlike his successor Barack Obama. In 2010, he published his memoir, Decision Points. His presidential library was opened in 2013. His presidency has been ranked among the worst in historians’ polls published in the late 2000s and 2010s