Bush Unveils Texas Leadership Committee

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the Women in Business & Leadership Luncheon at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention on Sept. 21, 2015.
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the Women in Business & Leadership Luncheon at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention on Sept. 21, 2015.

*Editor's note: This story was changed Nov. 10 to include an updated number of Bush supporters. 

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday released a list of more than 250 prominent supporters in Texas, including some of the state's top elected officials and most generous GOP boosters.

Among those initially tapped for the former Florida governor's Texas Leadership Committee: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas and Bush's son, Land Commissioner George P. Bush. Also on the list are heavyweight donors and fundraisers such as Midland oilman Javaid Anwar, Dallas developer Ross Perot Jr. and energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens.

"Gov. Jeb Bush's experience, steady temperament and positive vision suit this critical moment in our nation's history," Straus said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Gov. Bush to continue creating jobs in Texas."

There are several past state lawmakers on the list, including former state Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas as well as former state Sens. John Carona of Dallas, Florence Shapiro of Plano and Bob Deuell of Greenville. Outgoing state Sen. Kevin Eltife of Tyler is also on the committee.


The group includes many known backers of Jeb Bush and his family in Texas, where his brother and father — both former presidents — reside. Bush, who was born in Midland and grew up in Houston, is most closely competing for support in the state with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has the backing of six GOP members of the state's congressional delegation, three statewide officials and more than one-third of Republicans in the Texas Legislature.

The former Florida governor last visited Texas in late October, when he huddled with top campaign contributors in Houston. He is due back in the state Nov. 16 for fundraisers in Dallas and Midland.

The complete list, as provided by the Bush campaign, is below: 

Amb. Eduardo Aguirre

Shahla & Hushang Ansary

Vicky & S. Javaid Anwar

Bill Arnold

W. A. (Billy) Attebury


Jose Balderas III

Anne & David Bates

Liz & Jim Bayless

Bruce Becker

Nancy & Randy Best

Marla & Mike Boone

Shelby & Malachi Boyuls

Stacey & The Honorable Dan Branch

Ronda & Jim J. Brewer

Diane & Hal Brierley

Kate & Lane Britain

Mary & Bill Britain

Michelle Brock

Amanda & The Honorable George P. Bush

Maria & Neil Bush

Kerry N. Cammack

Helen & The Honorable John Carona

Donald Carty

Craig Casselberry

Nancy & Joe Cavender

Vivien & H. Scott Caven, Jr.

Nita & Cullum Clark

Richard H. Collins

The Honorable Chris Daniel

Jim Dannenbaum

Rebecca Nelson Davis

Paul Dickerson

The Honorable Bob Deuell

James R. Durnil

The Honorable Joy Ellinger

The Honorable Kevin Eltife

The Honorable Ed Emmett

Susie & The Honorable Don Evans

Marita & Jonathan Fairbanks

Melissa & Trevor Fetter

Cherie & Jim Flores

Kelli & Gerald Ford

Sarah & Doug Foshee

Charles C. Foster

Cindy & Pat Fox

Kathi & Joe Fox

Debbie & Jim Francis

A. Jimmy Garza

Aquiles Jaime Garza

Thomas E. Gleason, III

Sherry & Kenny Goldberg

U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger

Kathy & David Halbert

Christa & Matthew Hansen

Shelley & Jack Harper

William C. Helms

Paula & Jim Henry

Daniel M. Hernandez

Estela & Juan Hernandez

Joacim Hernandez

Jake D. Herod

Greg Hill

Ann & Lee Hobson

Jenni & Dan Hord

Amanda Hudges

Liz & Mike Hughes

Rene & Gaylord Hughey

Gayle & Woody Hunt

Admiral Bobby R. Inman

Lysa Elkins & Charles Iupe

Ann & Eric Jacobson

Clay Johnson

Caroline & Ray Joiner

Bettye & Don B. Jones

David Jones

Amb. Robert Jordan

Sockalingam Sam Kannappan

Steven Kean

Nancy & Rich Kinder

Terri Lacy

Lisa & Ryan Lance

Marion & Cadell Liedtke

Kim Locus

Susan & The Honorable Tom Loeffler

Debbie & Mark Low

Diana & Todd Maclin

Adair & The Honorable Dee Margo

Anne & John Marion

Dan Martinez

Shelly & Josh Mayfield

Shirley & Bill McIntyre

Michael H. McKissack

Frank Mermoud

Meredith Merritt

Harriet Miers

David B. Miller

Amy & Malone Mitchell

Kit & Charlie Moncrief

Jacob M. Monty

Shanell & Walker Moody

Lisa & Shan Moon

Texas Moore

Dianne Moss

Rafa Mungia

Artemio Temo Muniz

Elizabeth & Chuck Nash

Bobbie & John Nau

Roxann Neumann

Julie & Pat Oles

The Honorable Harriet O’Neill

Lesa & John Oudt

Katie & Patrick Oxford

The Honorable Barry Patel

Pam & Gary Patsley

Dr. Nolan Perez

Margaret & Jim Perkins

Sarah & Ross Perot, Jr.

Bryan Pickens

Toni & Boone Pickens

Dabney & Jim Pierce

Patty & Bo Pilgrim

Doug Pitcock

Allan B. Polunsky

Caren Prothro

Rodrick Ramirez

Ellen K. Ramsey

Phyllis & Bobby Ray

Jan & Trevor Rees-Jones

Patrick J. Rhode

The Honorable Robert Riviera

Lisa Rose

The Honorable Beto Salinas

Courtney & Christopher Sarofim

Fayez Sarofim

Kenneth R. Satterlee

U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions

The Honorable Florence Shapiro

Kimberly & Scott Sheffield

Virginia & Peter A. Sherman

The Honorable David Sibley

Amb. Sichan Siv

Katie & Patrick Starley

Andrea & Brandon Steele

Julie & The Honorable Joe Straus

LeeAnn & John Tatum

Trey Thigpin

Julie & Travis Thomas

Trenton K. Thornock

Amb. & Mrs. Warren W. Tichenor

McHenry T. Tichenor, Jr.

Debbie & John Tolleson

Kacy & Carter Tolleson

Diana & The Honorable Chase Untermeyer

Hector M. Valle

Bolton Walters

Kate M. Walters

Ann & Ralph Way

Bonnie & David Weekley

Nancy & Mike Weiss

The Honorable Pam & George Willeford

Sonya Medina & Gene Williams

Welcome Wilson, Jr.

Christen & George Wommack

Tripp Wommack

John B. Zachry

Fred Zeidman

Jay S. Zeidman

Disclosure: T. Boone Pickens, Javaid Anwar, Ross Perot Jr., Scott Caven, Welcome Wilson, McHenry Tichenor, Don Evans, Nolan Perez, Pam & George Willeford, Fred Zeidman, Doug Pitcock, Pat Oles, John Nau, Dee Margo, Woody Hunt and Bobby Inman are major donors to The Texas TribuneKerry Cammack's law firm was a corporate sponsor of the Tribune in 2009. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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