George P. Bush took the first step toward continuing his family’s political dynasty Tuesday, shaking off an underfunded primary challenger and securing the Republican nomination for the little-known but powerful post of Texas land commissioner.
The 37-year-old Fort Worth attorney is the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, nephew of former President and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and son of ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
He’s also a Spanish speaker whose mother Columba was born in Mexico and who Republican leaders statewide long have toasted as key to wooing voters among Texas’ booming Hispanic population.
Bush immediately becomes the overwhelming favorite in November against the Democratic nominee, former El Paso Mayor John Cook.