United States - Personal background

George Walker Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut on 6 July 1946 and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He is the eldest son of former U.S. president George H. W. Bush and, like his father, he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In 1968, he received a bachelor's degree from Yale University, then, in 1975, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard before beginning a career in the oil and gas business. After working in the energy industry for several years, he met his wife, Laura Welch, an elementary school teacher and librarian, at the home of mutual friends. They married in November 1977, and made their home in Midland. In 1981, Mrs. Bush gave birth to twin girls named Barbara and Jenna (after their grandmothers). In 1988, Bush helped manage his father's presidential campaign, then became an owner and manager of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989 to 1994. He was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. The Bush family also includes their dogs, Spot and Barney, and a cat, India.

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