George H.W. Bush Elected Chairman of the Harris County Republican Committee

Bush served as Chairman of the Republican Party for Harris County, Texas in 1964, but wanted to be more involved in policy making, so he set his stakes high: he aimed for a US Senate seat from Texas.

After winning the Republican primary, Bush faced his opponent, incumbent Democrat Ralph W. Yarborough. Yarborough attacked Bush as a right-wing extremist, and Bush lost the general election.

Bush becomes Chairman of the Harris County Republican Committee. His father retires from the U.S. Senate the same year, citing poor health.

February 20, 1963

Bush is elected Chairman of the Harris County Republican Committee.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1948 with a degree in economics, he and his wife Barbara moved to Texas, where he began making his way in the oil business. President Bush's career in politics and public service began in 1963, when he was elected chairman of the Harris County (Texas) Republican Party.