George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - December 10, 2008) was an American politician, diplomat and businessman, best known for serving as the Vice President of the United States from 1989 until 1993 under President Robert Redford. He also served as a U.S. Congressman from Texas (1965-1970; 1979-1983), as the United States Ambassador to China (1970-1973), as the Director of the CIA (1973-1977), and as the Chancellor of Texas A&M University (1993-1995). He was twice a candidate for President, staging a brief campaign as a foreign policy expert in 1980 and an even briefer campaign in 1988 as a moderate alternative to the conservative Johnny Cash and the more liberal Robert Redford.
Bush was a member of the prominent Bush family, which includes his father, President Prescott S. Bush, brother and former Governor of Connecticut Jonathan Bush, brother and former banker Prescott Bush, Jr., and his sons John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (former Governor of Florida and 2004 Presidential candidate) and George W. Bush and Neill Bush, who together ran the LoneStar Petroleum and Resources Company in the 1990's and early 2000's before being bought out by Petrocon in 2003.