Pierce Bush, Grandson of President George H. W. Bush, is Running for Congress in Texas

Former United States president George H. W. Bush, right, leaves the field with the help of Pierce Bush, his grandson, before the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in 2009 in Houston.
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Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, says he’s running for Congress in Texas.

Bush joins a crowded GOP field in Texas’ 22nd congressional district, a seat currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Pete Olson. At least 14 other Republicans are running in the GOP primary for this suburban Houston district, which will likely also be a top Democratic target next year.

In 2018, Olson won reelection by a 5% margin, his narrowest ever, as the district diversified and suburban women across the country fled the Republican party.

“We face a very challenging time in our nation and, on the brink of losing a generation to an idea that socialism and free stuff, are the answers for their future,” Bush said in a video announcing his candidacy. “But we all know that socialism has failed everywhere and everyone. It’s time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring that we all have the freedom to achieve success in life.”

Currently CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Texas affiliate, Bush, 33, told reporters he plans to differentiate himself from his opponents by emphasizing his nonprofit work, not his family name.

“If you have met my grandmother, Barbara Bush, you would know that no grandkid of hers could be entitled and think that anything was theirs because of anything else,” he said.

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SOURCE: NPR, Sam Gringlas