Jeb Bush’s impressive list of endorsements

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Thursday former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg announced his endorsement of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for President 2016. He joins a long and growing list of those who have endorsed Governor Bush from throughout the United States. Below is the complete list.

List of endorsements for Jeb Bush (as of October 29, 2015) from Wikipedia:

U.S. Presidents and First Ladies (former)
  • George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States (1989-93); candidate’s father
  • Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States to George H.W. Bush; candidate’s mother
  • George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09), candidate’s brother
  • Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States to George W. Bush, candidate’s sister-in-law

U.S. Governors (former)
  • Bob Riley, 52nd Governor of Alabama (2003-11)
  • Fife Symington, 19th Governor of Arizona (1991-97)
  • Bill Owens, 40th Governor of Colorado (1999-2007)
  • Luis Fortuno, 10th Governor of Puerto Rico (2009-13)
  • Tom Ridge, 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995-2001); 1st Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-05); former U.S. Representative
  • John McKernan, 71st Governor of Maine (1987-95)
  • William Weld, 68th Governor of Massachusetts (1991-97)
  • Jane Swift, former Acting Governor of Massachusetts (2001-03)
  • Jim Edgar, 38th Governor of Illinois (1991-98)
  • Tommy Thompson, 42nd Governor of Wisconsin (1987-2001)

U.S. Senators (current and former)

  • Susan Collins of Maine
  • Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois (former), also founder of Chain Bridge Bank
  • Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, Utah
  • Mike Johanns of Nebraska (former)
  • Dean Heller of Nevada
  • Mack Mattingly of Georgia (former)
  • Bill Frist of Tennessee (former)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas (former)
  • Mel Martinez of Florida (former)
  • George LeMieux of Florida (former)
  • Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming (former)
U.S. Representatives (current and former)
  • Mike Rogers, Alabama
  • Jeff Denham, California
  • David Valadao, California
  • Steve Buyer, Indiana (former)
  • Greg Ganske, Iowa (former)
  • Vin Weber, Minnesota (former)
  • Ann Wagner, Missouri
  • Mark Amodei, Nevada
  • Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
  • Chris Collins, New York
  • Tom Reed, New York
  • Tom Loeffler, Texas (former)
  • Patrick McHenry, North Carolina
  • Thomas F. Hartnett, South Carolina (former)
  • Pete Sessions, Texas
  • Kay Granger, Texas
  • Gus Bilirakis, Florida
  • Vern Buchanan, Florida
  • Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  • Carlos Curbelo, Florida
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  • David Jolly, Florida
  • John Mica, Florida
  • Jeff Miller, Florida
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
  • Dennis A. Ross, Forida
  • Daniel Webster, Florida
  • Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida (former)
  • Tom Feeney, Florida (former)
  • Dave Weldon, Florida (former
  • David Trott, Michigan
  • Eric Cantor, Virginia, former House Majority Leader
Cabinet Officials (former)
  • Donald Evans, Secretary of Commerce (2001-05), board member of George W. Bush Foundation 501(c)3
  • Henry Paulson, Secretary of Treasury (2006-09)
  • Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy (2001-05)
  • James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2005-07)
  • Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff (2006-09)
  • Michael Mukasey, U.S. Attorney General (2007-09)
  • Pat Saiki, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (1991-93)
  • William P. Barr, U.S. Attorney General (1991-93)
  • Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President (1989-93)
U.S. Ambassadors (former)
  • Chuck Larson, Lativa (former), also former Iowa State Senator
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, OECD (former), also on board of George W. Bush Foundation
  • Mary Kramer, Barbados (former), also former Iowa State Senator
  • Warren Tichenor, UN (former)
  • Pamela Willeford, Switzerland (former)
  • Rick Graber, Czech Republic (former), also former chairman of Republican Party of Wisconsin
  • Hushang Ansary, Iran (1967-69), also former director of National Oil Company
  • Francis Rooney, the Holy See
  • Mary Ann Glendon, Holy See
  • Mel Sembler, Italy and Australia and Nauru
  • Ned Siegel, Bahamas

Republican National Committee members (former)

  • Brian Kennedy, former Republican Party of Iowa chairman
Statewide Officials
  • Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor, Alabama
  • Walker Stapleton, State Treasurer, Colorado
  • Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, Florida
  • Pam Bondi, Attorney General, Florida
  • Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture, Florida
  • Sue M. Cobb, Secretary of State, Florida (2005-07), and U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica
  • Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor, Georgia
  • Sam Olens, Attorney General, Georgia
  • Stan Wise, Public Service Commissioner, Georgia
  • Kerry Healey, former Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts
  • Terri Lynn Land, former Secretary of State, Michigan
  • Bill Schuette, Attorney General, Michigan
  • Mike Cox, former Attorney General, Michigan
  • Brian Krolicki, former Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer, Nevada
  • Scott Pruitt, Attorney General, Oklahoma
  • George P. Bush, Land Commissioner, Texas, son of the candidate
  • John H. Hager, former Lieutenant Governor, Virginia
  • Jerry Kilgore, former Attorney General, Virginia
State Legislators
  • Four Alabama State Senators: J.T. Waggoner, Jimmy Holley, Steve Livingston, Gerald Dial
  • Arizona State Senator: Steve Pierce (former President of the Senate)
  • Arizona State Representative: Bob Robson
  • Two Colorado State Representatives: Frank McNulty (former Speaker), Mark Waller (former)
  • Twenty-one Florida State Senators: Anitere Flores, Rudy Garcia (former), Greg Evers, Andy Gardiner (Senate President), Garrett Richter (Senate President pro tempore), Bill Galvano (Senate Majority Leader), Denise Grimsley (Senate Deputy Majority Leader), A. Thad Altman, Aaron Bean, Rob Bradley, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Jeff Brandes, Nancy Detert, Don Gaetz, Dorothy Hukill, Jack Latvala, John Legg, Joe Negron, Wilton Simpton, David H. Simmons, Kelli Stargel
  • Twenty-two Florida State Representatives: Frank Artiles, Michael Bileca, Jose Felix Diaz, Manny Diaz, Jr., Erik Fresen, Jose R. Oliva, Holly Merrill Raschein, Carlos Trujillo, Arnhilda Badia (former) Juan-Carlos Planas (former), Julio Robaina (former), John E. Thrasher (former Speaker), Allan Bense (former Speaker), Larry Cretul (former Speaker), Dean Cannon (former Speaker), Will Weatherford (former Speaker, Steve Crisafulli (Speaker), Clay Ingram, Lois Benson (former), George Moraitis, Frank Attkisson (former), Jim Kallinger (former)
  • Six Georgia State Senators: Brandon Beach, John Kennedy, Jeff Mullis, John Wilkinson, Matt Dollar, Joe Wilkinson
  • Georgia State Representative: Ed Lindsey (former Majority Whip)
  • Hawaii State Representative: Barbara Marumoto (former)
  • Five Illinois State Senators: Bill Brady, Karen McConnaughay, Chris Nybo, Sue Rezin, Kirk Dillard (former)
  • Five Illinois State Representatives: Raymond Poe, Adam Brown, Tom Cross (former), Renee Kosel (former), Skip Saviano (former)
  • Seven Iowa State Senators: Charles Schneider, Doug Shull (former), Merlin Hulse (former), John Putney (former), Jeff Lamberti (former); (see also Mary Kramer and Chuck Larson, Jr.)
  • Twelve Iowa State Representatives: Ron Jorgensen, Zach Nunn, Ken Rizer, Linda Miller, Robert Bacon, Renee Schulte (former), Terry Baxter, Janet Metcalf (former), Walt Tomenga (former), Willard Jenkins (former), Pat Shey (former), Gary Blodgett (former)
  • Nine Michigan State Representatives: Kathy Crawford, Andrea LaFontaine, Mike McCready, Amanda Price, Ken Yonker, Laura Cox, David Maturen, Gail Harris (former), Mark Ouimet (former)
  • Two Michigan State Senators: Geoff Hansen, Philip Hoffman (former)
  • Five Members of the Nevada Assembly: Paul Anderson (Majority Leader), John Hambrick (Speaker), Melissa Woodbury, David M. Gardner, Philip “P.K.” O’Neill
  • Four New Hampshire State Senators: Russell Prescott, Bruce Keough (former), Bob Odell (former), Chuck Morse (Senate President)
  • Two New Hampshire State Representatives: Barry Palmer, Carlos Gonzalez
  • New Jersey State Senator: Joseph Kyrillos, Jr.
  • Two North Carolina State Senators: Tom Apodaca, Brent Jackson
  • North Carolina State Representative: Charles Jeter
  • South Carolina State Representative: Samuel Rivers, Jr.
  • South Carolina State Senator: Paul Thurmond
  • Tennessee State Representative: Mark White
  • Texas State Senator: Florence Shapiro (former)
  • Texas State Representative: Joe Straus (Speaker)
  • Virginia State Senator: Ken Stolle (former)
  • Three Virginia State Delegates: Will Morefield, Bobby Orrock, David Yancey
Business People
  • California: Craig McCaw (cellphone pioneer).
  • Florida: Charles E. Cobb (chief executive officer and senior managing director of Cobb Partners, Ltd.)
  • Illinois: Byron Trott (banker).
  • New York: Woody Johnson (owner of the New York Jets), Henry Kravis, financier
  • Texas: Gerald J. Ford – no relation to the former president (former CEO of Golden State Bancorp),  T. Boone Pickens (chairman of his investment firm BP Capital Management) Fayez Sarofim (investment manager, second largest shareholder of Kinder Morgan, part owner of the Houston Texans), John Nau (beer distributor), Trevor Rees-Jones (oil industry), David Weekley (construction industry)
Celebrities, Commentators, and Activists
  • Virginia: Kay Coles James, former director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Pennsylvania: Lynn Swann, former NFL player
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