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George P. Bush Announces Re-Election Bid

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is seeking re-election to the office during the 2018 elections.

Bush announced today his intention to seek re-election to the office of Land Commissioner, according to Austin-American Statesman. Bush, 41, has served as Texas Land Commissioner since 2015.

After taking office in 2015, Bush campaigned for his father, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's campaign for president. Bush later endorsed Donald Trump during the general election.

Bush also stirred up controversy in 2015, while overseeing the transfer of management of The Alamo mission from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Bush oversaw the transition in 2015, after a Texas Attorney General's report concluded that the DRT had not properly managed the property. The DRT initially fought the Attorney General's decision but later issued a statement with the General Land Office of Texas vowing to work together to preserve the property.

In announcing his bid for re-election on his website, Bush touted that he "reduced the size of government" and "fought radical environmentalists and trial lawyers' abuse of the Endangered Species Act" among other things.

Bush was first elected to the office of Texas Land Commissioner in 2014, defeating David Watts in the Republican primary, 73 percent to 27 percent and Democrat John Cook in the general election, 61 percent to 35 percent. Libertarian David (Rocky) Palmquist and Green Party candidate Kenneth Kendrick split the remaining percentage.

Photo by CBS News

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