There's A New Bush Running For Public Office In Texas

Chris Fox
December 10, 2019 - 11:40 am
Texas Capitol building,



AUSTIN (KRLD) - Pierce Bush, the grandson of President George HW Bush and the son of Neil Bush has decided to run for the Republican nomination for the Texas District 22 Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Representative Pete Olson.

University of Houston Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus describes Pierce Bush as a moderate conservative with experience doing community organizing and raising money for good causes. Bush is currently the CEO of the Lone Star Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Rottinghaus believes two big advantages that Pierce Bush brings is a strong family name and a rolodex.

“This is going to be a crowded field. You’ve got sixteen, seventeen people running and as a result, it’s going to be a challenge to distinguish yourself, especially if your fundraising doesn’t match the ability to go blanket the airwaves, so he’s going to have definite instant credibility and name recognition which is going to be a big factor in getting to the next level.”

Rice University Political Scientist Mark Jones says with the crowded field vying for the west Houston area Congressional seat, Bush is not a shoo-in to win the nomination.

“Pierce Bush doesn’t live in Congressional District 22…Now that’s not a legal requirement, but it’s going to charges of carpet-bagging, particularly by the leading candidate Troy Nehls, who is until recently the Fort Bend County Sheriff.”

Bush will also face Republican activist Kathaleen Wall, who spent more than $5 million of her own money in an unsuccessful bid for the 2018 GOP nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.