George P. Bush will make his first bid for political office in Texas. / Brendan Farrington, AP
George P. Bush, the grandson and nephew of former presidents, made it official Tuesday and filed his paperwork to run for Texas land commissioner next year.
This will be the first political race for Bush, 36, a lawyer and real estate investor. His grandfather is George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, and his uncle is George W. Bush, the 43rd president.
In a video posted on YouTube, Bush mentioned only one member of his famous family: former first lady Barbara Bush. He heralded his grandmother - or "Ganny" as he called her - for stressing "the importance of public service."
Bush's spokesman, Trey Newton, told the Associated Press that the candidate informed incumbent Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson of his decision.
The move is not entirely unexpected. Bush's father, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, told his supporters in a fundraising pitch sent in November that George P. was looking at the land commissioner's office, which is viewed as a steppingstone to higher office in Texas. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, for example, was land commissioner before his election to the state's No. 2 post.
The land commissioner oversees the state's real estate assets and vast mineral rights, plus manages the Alamo.
George P. Bush is a rising political star and has won raves for his outreach to Hispanics, who overwhelmingly backed President Obama in the last election. Much of Bush's outreach work has been done through two political action committees, Hispanic Republicans of Texas and MAVPAC.
The younger Bush is fluent in Spanish, and his mother is a naturalized citizen from Mexico.
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