George W. Bush

Political Offices

When did Bush become governor of Texas?

Bush won election as Texas governor in 1994 over Democratic incumbent Ann Richards. Bush emphasized during his campaign several major themes, including education, tort reform and crime. Richards had given a speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in which she attacked Bush’s father, George H. W. Bush, as having been born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth. This gave George W. Bush even more incentive to win the election, which he did by a percentage of 53 to 46.


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