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Laura BushLaura Welch Bush was born in Midland, Texas. In 1968 Laura Welch Bush earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Southern Methodist University. She taught in public school in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Later Laura Welch Bush earned a library science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1977 she met and married George Walker Bush. They have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, who are named for their grandmothers.
  • 1994 - George Walker Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. As First Lady of Texas, Laura Welch Bush used her love of reading to further literacy efforts.   
  • 1996 - Laura Welch Bush helped launch the Family Literacy Initiative for Texas aimed at promoting underprivileged children's reading readiness when they enter school.
  • 2000 - George Walker Bush was elected the 43rd President of the United States. Laura Welch Bush is dedicated to advancing education in America and supports the President's work on "no child left behind."

Laura Welch Bush joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and hosts a series, "White House Salute to America's Authors," to celebrate our country's great literary works. She is also an advocate for teachers, equal rights for women, heart disease and breast cancer awareness, and a national preservation initiative.

First Lady of Texas Laura Bush's dress is a decorative green satin gown.

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