Jeb Bush Resigns From Board Positions Ahead of Potential 2016 Run

Posted: Jan 02, 2015 8:20 AM

In case you missed it earlier this week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he has resigned from a number of different board positions, signaling another step toward a run for the White House is 2016. More from the Washington Post

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, moving closer to a possible presidential run, has resigned all of his corporate and nonprofit board memberships, including with his own education foundation, his office said late Wednesday night.

He also resigned as a paid adviser to a for-profit education company that sells online courses to public university students in exchange for a share of their tuition payments.

Bush’s New Year’s Eve disclosure, coming in an e-mail from an aide to The Washington Post, culminated a string of moves he has made in recent days to shed business interests that have enriched him since leaving office in 2007. The aide said the resignations had been made “effective today.”

Just before Christmas, Bush announced he is officially actively exploring a run for president and a recent CNN poll shows him at the top of the GOP contender list.

At this point Bush has surprisingly been the first and earliest potential candidate to get officially involved in the process for 2016. Other candidates like Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and even Chris Christie have hinted at runs, but haven't yet made major moves like Bush to fuel speculation.