Born November 4, 1946, Laura Welch was raised in Midland, TX
. She received a B.S.
degree in Education
from Southern Methodist University
in 1968, then worked as a teacher at elementary school
s in Dallas
until 1972. A year later she received a Master's degree
in Library Science
from the University of Texas
, then worked at a branch of the Houston Public Library
until 1974. She returned to Austin and worked as an elementary school librarian
until 1977, when one day after her thirty-first birthday she married George W. Bush
. Following a difficult pregnancy, she gave birth to fraternal twin
daughters Barbara and Jenna in 1981, naming them for their grandmothers. When the girls were seven years old, the family moved to Dallas where she served on many literacy
and child safety related boards. When her husband became governor
in 1994, the family moved back to Austin where she continued to work as an advocate for reading and education. When she was relocated
to Washington DC
after her husband became the President of the United States
, she started a number of literacy programs and also worked for breast cancer
- At the age of 17, she was involved in a fatal car accident when she drove through a stop sign and struck a car driven by a high school friend, who later died. No charges were brought.
- She enjoys birdwatching and rafting.
- A former cigarette addict, she used to sneak Winstons in the backseat of friends' cars.
- She considered herself a Democrat before marriage.
- She cleans out her medicine cabinet to relax.
- Her nickname for her husband is "Bushie."
"Laura Welch Bush: Shy no more" by John Hanchette for USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/news/e98/e2147.htm
Biography of First Lady Laura Bush. http://www.whitehouse.gov/firstlady/flbio.html