Barbara Bush (born 1981)

This article is about the daughter of George W. Bush. For her namesake grandmother, mother of George W. Bush and wife of George H. W. Bush, see Barbara Bush.
Barbara Bush

Bush at the wedding of Jenna Bush in May 2008
Born Barbara Pierce Bush
(1981-11-25) November 25, 1981
Dallas, Texas, United States
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Health care activist
Religion Episcopal
Parent(s) George W. Bush
Laura Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush (born November 25, 1981) is the elder of the fraternal twin daughters (the other is Jenna Bush Hager) of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. She is also a granddaughter of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara Bush, after whom she was named.

Early life

Jenna and Barbara Bush (right) with their parents George W. Bush and Laura Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush was born at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.[1] When the family lived in the Preston Hollow section of Dallas, she and her twin sister, Jenna, attended Preston Hollow Elementary School; Laura Bush served on Preston Hollow's Parent Teachers Association at that time.[2] Later, Barbara and Jenna attended The Hockaday School in Dallas. When her father became Governor of Texas in 1994, Barbara attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. She began attending Austin High School in 1996, graduating with the class of 2000.[3]

Bush attended Yale University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She lives in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[4]


She worked for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution.[5][6] Previously, she had been working with AIDS patients in Africa, in Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana, among other places, through a program sponsored by the Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative.[7][8][9][10]

Global Health Corps

She is the co-founder and president of a public health-focused nonprofit, Global Health Corps.[11] Global Health Corps provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the front lines of the fight for global health equity.[12] In 2009, Global Health Corps won a Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship.[13] Bush was also chosen as one of the 14 speakers selected from an applicant pool of 1,500 to speak at the TEDx Brooklyn event in December 2010, where she spoke about Global Health Corps.

Political activity

Barbara Bush (second left) at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI

In 2011, Bush released a video with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, calling on New York State to legalize same-sex marriage.[14][15] "'I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,' she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. 'New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.'"[15] Bush joined other children of prominent Republican politicians—including Meghan McCain and Mary Cheney—in endorsing gay marriage.[15]

Bush's graduation from Yale in May 2004 was given heavy media coverage. She and Jenna made several media appearances that summer prior to the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, including giving a speech to the Republican Convention on August 31.[16] The two took turns traveling to swing states with their father and also gave a seven-page interview and photo shoot in Vogue.[17][18] Bush joined her mother on diplomatic trips to Liberia in January 2006 to attend the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf[19] and to Vatican City to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in February 2006.


  1. Whitfield, Jonathan M. (July 17, 2004). "Neonatal care at Baylor University Medical Center: You've come a long way, baby!". Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  2. Pulle, Matt (January 11, 2007). "Split Decision". Dallas Observer. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011.
  3. "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. April 4, 2000. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  4. "Secure location". New York Post Online Edition. November 9, 2006. Archived from the original on January 21, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  5. Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (July 3, 2006). "First Twin Jenna Bush may leave D.C. social scene". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 5, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
  6. Minzesheimer, Bob (March 6, 2007). "Jenna Bush embarks on book 'Journey'". USA Today. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
  7. Dana Milbank (May 24, 2004). "Telephoto Finish: The Bush Twins Graduate From College, and Private Life". The Washington Post. p. C01. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  8. Jennifer Loven (July 14, 2005). "Bush twins not deterred by shutterbugs". Independent Online (Pty) Ltd. "IOL". Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  9. John Donnelly (July 6, 2005). "Bush daughter is said to volunteer in S. Africa". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 16, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  10. "Bush's Daughter to Intern for Baylor College of Medicine's International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Clinics in Africa". Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. May 25, 2004. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2007.
  11. "In The Know". The Hill. November 27, 2013. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  12. "Mission & Vision". Global Health Corps. Archived from the original on December 2, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  13. "". Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  14. Barbara Bush for HRC's NYers for Marriage Equality, HRCMedia on YouTube
  15. 1 2 3 Barbaro, Michael (January 31, 2011). "Bush's Daughter, in a Break, Endorses Gay Marriage". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 14, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  16. "Remarks by Barbara and Jenna Bush to the 2004 Republican National Convention". The Washington Post. August 31, 2004. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  17. Julia Reed (August 2004). "Jenna and Barbara Bush: Sister Act". Vogue. Archived from the original ( Scholar search) on December 20, 2005.
  18. "The Bush Twins' Coming Out Party". CBS News. July 16, 2004. Archived from the original on July 19, 2004.
  19. Sandra Baker (December 9, 2011). "Three companies honored as top workplaces for women in Fort Worth". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.

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