The grandson of the 41st POTUS, the late President George H.W. Bush, is reportedly considering a run for his grandfather’s former congressional seat in the Seventh District of Texas, the Texas Tribune reported.
Setting the stage for the Bush family’s return to Capitol Hill, Forty-One’s grandson Pierce Bush said in a Wednesday statement to the Texas Tribune that, while he was “flattered by the many people” in Houston, Texas that had “encouraged” him to run for the seat, he is “currently putting [his] heart and soul” into his position as “CEO of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the country.”
However, Bush continued on to say “if [he] were to run” for H.W.’s old congressional seat, or “any other office,” that he would campaign as a “big tent candidate.”
“I am currently putting my heart and soul into my role as CEO of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the country. With my awesome staff team, our volunteers, and donors, we are empowering thousands of kids in Texas to achieve their full potential in life through our outcomes achieving mission.
If I were to run for this office, or any other office, I would certainly run as a big tent candidate focused on discussing the important matters. Together, we can stand for real opportunity for the many who need it.”
The seat for the Seventh District of Texas is currently held by Democratic Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D-Texas), who defeated former Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) in the midterm elections last year.
Late President George H.W. Bush served as the representative for that seat from 1967 to 1971.
Should Bush — the nephew of former President George W. Bush — be elected, he would become the second member of his family to serve in public office. His cousin, George Prescott Bush, is currently serving as the Texas land commissioner.
According to the Washington Examiner, a source familiar with the family said that he “suspects Bush would have little trouble getting the Republican nomination” as the “Bush family is still widely revered in Texas, especially here in Houston.”