Jeb Bush Wife Columba Bush: 5 Facts About Former Florida Governor’s Wife

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Jeb Bush with Wife Columba Bush
Jeb Bush with Wife Columba Bush (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Who is Jeb Bush’s Wife?

Columba Bush (Columba Garnica Gallo) is the wife of Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush is an American politician and businessman. He is known as the 43rd Governor of Florida and younger brother to the former president of the United States, Mr. George W. Bush.

Born to former US President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush as the couple’s second son, Bush grew up in Houston and attended University of Texas at Austin for his undergrad where he studied Latin American affairs.

Personal Information of Jeb Bush Wife Columba Bush

Birth name: Columba Garnica Gallo

Birth date: August 17, 1953

Birth place: León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Age: 64 years

Nationality: Mexico-American

Zodiac sign:  Leo

Children: 3
Jeb Bush Reflecting On His Marriage with Wife Columba Bush
Jeb Bush Reflecting On His Marriage with Wife Columba Bush (Source: Poliico)

Short Bio of Columba Bush

Columba Bush is the former First lady of Florida who served from January 5, 1999 to January 9, 2007.  As a former First lady, she is known to be a social activist. Bush has advocated for Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence, the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and Arts for Life.

She is also involved in awareness for drug abuse and served as co-chair for National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She also worked in Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education (ACE/FAAE) to create Arts for Life! In 1999 which was a program to address the importance of art in the education system.

5 Interesting Facts about Jeb Bush’s Wife Columba Bush

1. Spanish flavor to the wedding

Garnica and Bush married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas at the chapel in the Catholic student center on the campus of the University of Texas. At the time of the wedding, a part of the wedding ceremony was conducted in Spanish as she did not speak English.

Jeb Bush and Columba Bush with Family
Jeb Bush and Columba Bush with Family (Source: YouTube)

2. Columba Bush is a grandmother.

Columba Bush is not only a mother but also a grandmother. Columba and Jeb Bush are parents to three children, sons George P. and Jeb Jr. and daughter Noelle. They have four grandchildren, two by George and two by Jeb.

George followed his father into politics and was elected Texas General Land Office’s Commissioner while Jeb is working for a real estate firm which is based in Miami. Noelle lives in Orlando and works for a software firm there.

3. Columba Bush is closest to her mom.

Columba Bush is known to have always kept her mom closest among everyone. Her adorable relationship with her mother was also featured in a brief profile in María Pérez-Brown’s book Mamá: “Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers”.

Wishing the happiest birthday to my amazing husband!

A post shared by Columba Bush (@columbabush) on

4. Uninvolved in politics

Despite of being in the Bush family which is active in the Republican Political party and even a former First Lady of Florida, Columba tends to be very less involved in politics.

5. Her parents were separated.

Columba’s father had abandoned their family in 1956 when she was only 3 years old. Her parents divorced in the year 1963. After the separation of her parents, Columba and her mother remained in León.

Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life, Columba.

A post shared by Jeb Bush (@jebbush) on

How did the Bush couple meet?

Jeb Bush and Columba Bush met in León, Mexico, Columba’s hometown when they were just 17 and 16 years old respectively. Garnica was attending a private Catholic school, Instituto Antonia Mayllen in León at that time. Meanwhile, Jeb was there teaching English as a second language as well as assisting in the building of a school in the small nearby village of Ibarrilla as the part of Man and Society class at Andover.

The couple married four years later after their meeting on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas and were blessed with three children. They later started living in Coral Gables, Florida.

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