USA TODAY's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page explains four reasons why Jeb Bush's presidential run matters.



Jeb Bush served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994. He is the son of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and brother of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

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• July 2015: Bush stands by immigration plan (and Trump criticism)

• July 2015: Bush: Huckabee is 'wrong' to use Holocaust reference

• July 2015: Bush draws on brother's fundraising networks to fuel campaign

• July 2015: Jeb Bush doesn't get 'Sharknado'

• July 2015: Bush, after 'phase out' comment, says Medicare needs reform

• July 2015: Bush campaigns against 'Mount Washington'

• July 2015: Candidate Bush takes an Uber ride to S.F. start-up

• July 2015: Trump: My candidacy won't help Bush

• July 2015: Reports show early Wall Street support for Jeb Bush

• July 2015: Maxed-out donors dominate Jeb Bush haul

• July 2015: One of Jeb Bush’s favorite presidents is ... James K. Polk?

• July 2015: Jeb Bush and allies amass $114 million for White House campaign

• July 2015: Bush battles Republicans and Democrats on immigration

• July 2015: Jeb Bush faces family history in New Hampshire

• July 2015: Bush dines with popular Republican counselor: Romney

• July 2015: Bush bemoans Obama's 'zombie economy'

• July 2015: Bush: Trump has raised money for me

July 2015: CNN poll: Clinton, Bush lead their parties

June 2015: Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

June 2015: Republican field races to catch up to Bush fundraising

June 2015: Bush won't speak with top political adviser

June 2015: National poll: Bush pulls ahead of Republicans

June 2015: Bush, Romney call for removal of Dixie flag from S.C. Capitol

June 2015: Bush seeks mass appeal with faith voters

June 2015: Bush promotes his 'journey of faith' to religious conservatives

June 2015: Bush cancels Thursday events in Charleston

June 2015: Bush 'slow jams' his announcement with Fallon

June 2015: Jeb Bush hopes old-time rally gives 2016 bid new life

June 2015: Jeb Bush faces tough path in Iowa, supporters say

June 2015: Jeb Bush: 'I will run to win'

June 2015: 'Die Hard' text found in Jeb Bush's campaign site code

June 2015: 6 things to know about Jeb Bush

June 2015: Will Jeb Bush regain footing by making candidacy official?

June 2015: Bush book from 1995 becomes 2016 issue

June 2015: For Hillary and Jeb, 4 tips on dynasty politics

June 2015: Bush on campaign troubles: It's early

June 2015: Bush promotes U.S.-Europe trade, bashes Putin

June 2015: Bush deals with campaign staff shake-up

June 2015: Barbara Bush turns 90, won't talk during Jeb's campaign

June 2015: Jeb Bush sets June 15 announcement date

June 2015: Polls reflect troubles for Clinton and Bush

May 2015: Jeb Bush: 'I hope I run' in 2016

May 2015: Jeb Bush in Michigan calls for 'radical' education changes

May 2015: Rand Paul: Jeb Bush is not conservative enough

May 2015: Jeb Bush heads to Michigan

May 2015: Jeb Bush says brother should have been tougher on spending

May 2015: Bush, Christie defend NSA surveillance programs

May 2015: Rove: Jeb Bush will learn from Iraq flap

May 2015: Jeb now definitive: Would not have invaded Iraq

May 2015: Immigration at front of 2016 presidential race

May 2015: Jeb Bush spars with college student over Islamic State, Iraq

May 2015: Jeb Bush to skip Iowa Straw Poll

May 2015: Republicans, Bush look at political battle over Iraq

May 2015: Bush money machine in high gear even without official campaign

May 2015: Jeb Bush says he can't say whether he would have invaded Iraq

May 2015: Jeb Bush attacks Obama administration over contraception mandate

May 2015: New Hampshire poll: Bush holds slim lead over Rubio, Walker and Paul

April 2015: Jeb Bush calls out Hillary Clinton on trade

April 2015: Poll: Rubio gets a bounce, challenges Bush as GOP's future

April 2015: Jeb Bush to visit Germany, Poland, Estonia

April 2015: Jeb Bush: Senate should vote on Loretta Lynch for attorney general

April 2015: Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University's commencement

April 2015: Jeb Bush welcomes fourth grandchild

April 2015: Former Treasury chief Paulson backing Jeb Bush in 2016

April 2015: First Take: As Rubio enters race, Bush better beware

April 2015: Jeb Bush makes it official: He's a white voter

April 2015: Jeb Bush touts Florida's pro-gun laws in NRA speech

April 2015: Florida GOP begins choosing sides in Bush vs. Rubio

April 2015: Jeb Bush admits mistake: He's not Hispanic

March 2015: Will '94 or '98 Jeb Bush show up in 2016?

March 2015: Jeb Bush blasts Obama's 'schoolyard antics' with Israel

March 2015: Jeb Bush to raise money with help from dad and brother

March 2015: Jeb Bush meets Ludacris in Georgia

March 2015: Barbara Bush raises money for son's presidential effort

March 2015: Jeb Bush picks Virginia to beat Kentucky for NCAA hoops title

March 2015: Jeb Bush makes his first pitch to South Carolina voters

March 2015: New Hampshire voters get their first look at Bush, Walker

March 2015: Jeb Bush heads to New Hampshire

March 2015: Jeb Bush sells ownership stakes in last two businesses

March 2015: Skepticism greets Jeb Bush in first Iowa visit

March 2015: Walker, Bush top GOP field in new poll

February 2015: Jeb Bush takes on skeptics, stands firm on immigration at CPAC

February 2015: Jeb Bush to raise money for South Carolina Republicans next month

February 2015: Frank Zappa turned Jeb Bush's wedding photo into Kodak moment

February 2015: Jeb Bush hires top opposition research pro

• February 2015: Could Jeb Bush convince conservatives on immigration?

• February 2015: Jeb Bush vows to be 'my own man' on foreign affairs

• February 2015: Jeb Bush: President Obama 'overstepped' on immigration

• February 2015: Jeb Bush showers early voting states with money

• February 2015: Jeb Bush raises cash, tackles political trouble spots

• February 2015: Jeb Bush releases e-mails in 'spirit of transparency'

• February 2015: Jeb Bush's tech officer scrubs his account of 'inappropriate' tweets

• February 2015: Poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP field in New Hampshire

• February 2015: Jeb Bush touts conservative policies for America

• February 2015: Jeb Bush to tout 'right to rise' vision in Detroit speech

• February 2015: Jeb Bush on 2016 and his name: 'I'm going to have to do it on my own'

• February 2015: Jeb Bush expands political team with campaign veterans

• January 2015: Jeb Bush hires former top Romney aide

• January 2015: Jeb Bush skirts talk of White House run with Mitt Romney

• January 2015: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney to meet in Utah today

• January 2015: Jeb Bush: Obama using tax code to divide Americans

• January 2015: Jeb Bush launches leadership PAC

• January 2015: Jeb Bush: Show respect for all in gay marriage debate

• January 2015: Rubio, Bush both begin 2015 eyeing White House bids

• January 2015: Looking to 2016, Jeb Bush quits board memberships

• December 2014: Marco Rubio: Florida can support me and Jeb Bush in 2016

• December 2014: Jeb Bush resigning from Rayonier board as he explores 2016 race

• December 2014: Jeb Bush and Chris Christie atop GOP presidential poll

• December 2014: Republicans donors swarm to Bush candidacy

• December 2014: Jeb Bush to cut ties with Barclays

• December 2014: Jeb Bush explores 2016 presidential race

• December 2014: Jeb Bush's 2016 plans pose many questions

• December 2014: Twitter reacts to Jeb Bush's decision to 'actively explore' 2016 race

• December 2014: Jeb Bush explores 2016 presidential race

• December 2014: Jeb Bush set to release thousands of e-mails

• December 2014: Jeb Bush's business dealings come under scrutiny

• December 2014: Neil Bush: Mom has 'come around' on Jeb Bush in 2016

• December 2014: Weighing clues about 2016 by looking at the scales

• December 2014: George W. Bush: Jeb would beat 'sister-in-law' Hillary Clinton

• December 2014: Jeb Bush: GOP nominee in 2016 has to be 'uplifting'

• November 2014: Bush's 'love letter' to Dad and message to Jeb: Run

• October 2014: Jeb Bush: I'm not 'freaking out' about 2016

• October 2014: Son: Jeb Bush 'more than likely' to run for president

• October 2014: Jeb Bush's family on presidential race: 'My wife is supportive'

• October 2014: Jeb Bush reaches out to Latino voters in ads for U.S. Chamber

• October 2014: Ready for another Bush? Jeb's 2016 advantages, challenges

• October 2014: George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants to be president

• September 2014: Sarah Palin, Jeb Bush to stump for Pat Roberts in Kansas

• July 2014: Jeb Bush to GOP: Don't use border crisis to ignore immigration

• July 2014: Report: Jeb Bush plays key role in private equity firm

• May 2014: Condi Rice: Jeb Bush would be 'fantastic' as presidential candidate

• May 2014: Christie: Running against Bush would be hard because we're friends

• May 2014: George P. Bush: Dad Jeb is 'seriously' thinking about White House bid

• April 2014: 69% agree with Barbara Bush: No more political dynasties

• April 2014: George W. Bush: 'I hope Jeb runs' for president

• April 2014: Bush son: George H.W. Bush wants Jeb to run for president

• April 2014: GOP senator defends Bush's 'act of love' immigration comments

• March 2014: Ice might be thawing on Barbara Bush's opposition to Jeb in 2016

• March 2014: McCain: Christie, Bush 'viable' but no front-runner in 2016 field

• February 2014: Jeb Bush says he and Clinton would have to overcome last names

• January 2014: Jeb Bush gets cheeky with his mother about 2016 bid

• January 2014: Barbara Bush: Presidency not limited to my family

• November 2013: G.W. Bush: Jeb would be 'a great president'

• November 2013: Jeb Bush holds off consulting family about 2016

• October 2013: Jeb Bush: Obama, Boehner should golf together

• July 2013: Jeb Bush urges House to pass immigration bill

• June 2013: Jeb Bush dismisses 'chirpers' on his right

• June 2013: Jeb Bush: 'Fertile' immigrants boost economy

• May 2013: Jeb Bush laughs off mom's presidential quip

• May 2013: Jeb Bush to speak, not run, at Mich. confab

• April 2013: George W. Bush: Jeb should run in 2016

March 2013: Jeb Bush praises brother George over Obama

March 2013: Jeb Bush at CPAC: GOP must embrace 'inclusion and acceptance'

March 2013: Jeb Bush undecided on 2016 presidential race

March 2013: Jeb Bush working hard to be heard

March 2013: Jeb Bush rankles bipartisan group over immigration

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