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Record Group Number: 000108
Series/Collection Number: .S 2114
Creator: Florida. Governor (1999-2007 : Bush)
Title, Dates: Correspondence, 1999-2006.
Amount: 93.7 megabytes (516 files, 9 folders: Size 93.7 MB (98,281,176 bytes); Size on disk 94.5 MB (99,147,776 bytes))
0.1 cubic ft.
Medium Included: Electronic records.
Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by file name: some portions chronological, some alphabetical by topic or record type.
Restrictions: RESTRICTED: Box 4 is a RESTRICTED BOX containing confidential/exempt records separated from other boxes. Redacted copies have been placed in original records locations where possible.
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, the forty-third Governor of Florida, began his gubernatorial term on January 5, 1999.  In 2003, Bush took the oath of office for his second term, having defeated Democrat Bill McBride for re-election.
    After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, Jeb Bush pursued a banking career in Houston, Venezuela and back to Houston.  Bush was convinced to come to Florida from Texas in 1980 by builder Armando Codina.  Prior to being elected Governor, Bush served as president and chief operating officer of the Miami-based Codina Group, a real estate development company, and was active in civic and political affairs.  He established the Foundation for Florida's Future and volunteered to assist the Miami Children's Hospital, the United Negro College Fund of South Florida, the United Way of Dade County, and the Dade County Homeless Trust.  In 1995, he wrote "Profiles in Character," a book profiling 14 of Florida's civic heroes.  Bush served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce under Governor Bob Martinez and he was the Republican nominee for governor in 1994.  He has been married to Columba Garnica Gallo, a native of Leon, Mexico since 1977 and they have three children, George, Noelle and John Ellis, Jr.
Summary:     This series consists primarily of draft letters for Governor Bush's signature expressing the Bush Administration's views and concerns regarding a wide variety of events and policy issues.  The series also includes a small number of incoming letters to Governor Bush, primarily resignation letters of elected or appointed officials.  These materials are in electronic form and date from 2000-2006.  Among the topics addressed by these records are education policy; taxation; Everglades preservation; hurricane preparedness; Medicaid reform; the custody and immigration status of 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who survived a November 1999 escape from Cuba in which his mother died (letters to President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno urging that the Immigration and Naturalization Service not return Gonzalez to Cuba and that Florida courts be allowed to determine his custody); and the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube and her subsequent death in 2005.
    The series also includes a small amount of paper correspondence and memoranda dating from 1999-2000 bearing Governor Bush's signature and/or handwritten notes.
Finding Aids: Folder listing. 0
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Electronic Records Access: MS Word and PDF files.
Subject Access Fields: Bush, Jeb
Schiavo, Terri, 1963-2005.
Gonzalez, Elian, 1993-
Florida. Governor (1999-2007 : Bush)
Governors Florida
Hurricane protection Florida
Education Florida
Environmental policy Florida
Taxation Florida
Contracting out Florida.
Civil defense Florida
Florida Officials and employees
Florida Government
Florida Politics and government 1951-
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