41st President of the United States, announced candidacy Oct. 12, 1987 (>), elected Nov. 8, 1988 (>), defeating Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA) by 426 to 111 electoral votes (Bush carried 40 states to 10 and DC for Dukakis and won the popular vote by 53.4% to 45.7%).
Announced candidacy for re-election Feb. 10, 1992; accepted the Republican nomination Aug. 20, 1992.

· Vice president of the United States during Reagan's two terms, 1981-89.
· Candidate for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination; announced May 1, 1979, won the Iowa caucuses, but lost New Hampshire and many subsequent contests to Ronald Reagan and ended his campaign in May.  Reagan named Bush as his running mate after negotiations with Gerald Ford fell through.   
· Director of Central Intelligence, 1976-77.
· Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, 1974-75.
· Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Jan. 1973-Sept. 1974.
· Ambassador to the United Nations, 1971-73.
· Ran for U.S. Senate in 1970, winning the primary but losing to former U.S. Rep. Lloyd Bentsen (D) in the general election by 53.6% to 46.5%.
· Elected to the U.S. House from TX-7 (Greater Houston) in 1966, defeating attorney Frank Briscoe (D) with 57% of the vote.
· Ran for U.S. Senate in 1964, winning the primary, but losing to Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D) in the general election by 56% to 44%.
· Moved to Houston in 1959; elected chairman of the Harris Co. Republican Party.
· Co-founded Zapata Petroleum Corporation, 1953; president and chairman of Zapata Offshore to the mid-1960s.
· Co-founded Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company, 1951.
· Moved to Texas in 1948 and worked as an oil field equipment salesman.

B.A. in economics from Yale University, 1948.

Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a pilot in the Pacific, serving on active duty to 1945.  Flew 58 missions and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  In the reserves to 1955.


Married Barbara Pierce Jan. 6, 1945; they had six children: George W., Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Doro.

68 years, 7.3 months old on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 1993.
Born June 12, 1924 in Milton, MA; grew up in Greenwich, CT.  Mother Dorothy Bush and father Prescott Bush; he was a banker and served in the U.S. Senate from 1952-63.