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George Walker Bush (2001-2009)

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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: 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

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

Cabinet:

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.

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.

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