Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Monday got an up-close look at Texarkana College as part of his year-long focus on education.
Bush toured portions of the TC campus and met administrators, instructors, and current and former students during one of 30 visits he is making to schools across Texas.
"At the Land Office, we've decided to dedicate this year to education in Texas, knowing that this legislative session would be focused on school funding. I thought it was important as a politician to actually get in the classroom," he said.
Bush will continue the visit with a tour of Texas A&M University-Texarkana this morning. Earlier Monday, he had eaten lunch with about 20 local business leaders.
"What is happening here is nothing short of remarkable, to have that incredible turnaround and better prepare students for the employment opportunities of today," he said about the reversal in recent years of TC's financial difficulties.
Voters elected Bush, 43, as land commissioner in 2014 and re-elected him in 2018. The land commissioner heads Texas' General Land Office, which manages the state's public lands and mineral rights. Formed as part of the Republic of Texas in 1836, the GLO is the oldest government agency in the state.
Bush is a grandson of the late former president George H.W. Bush, after whom he is named, a son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and a nephew of former president George W. Bush.
Asked if he plans to seek higher office, he said that after recently working on Hurricane Harvey recovery and this year's legislative session, he hopes to spend time with his family.
"We'll talk about what it all means. Look, growing up in the Bush family, I've had a chance to see it from behind the scenes, and I'd only want to do it with a servant's heart, and we'll see where that takes us. But I love serving Texans, and we'll see where it goes," Bush said.
This story has been corrected. Based on an inaccurate published itinerary, an earlier version mistakenly stated that Bush on Monday had toured TexAmericas Center by helicopter and eaten lunch with the board of AR-TX REDI. The Gazette regrets the error.