Becoming the first republican Governor to be reelected since Victor E. Johanns and his wife divorced in 1985 and he later married Stephanie Armitage in 1986; a former Lancaster county Commissioner and Nebraska state senator. After his graduation he clerked for Nebraska Supreme Court Judge Hale McCown from 1974 to 1975 before practicing law for Cronin and Hannon in O'Neill Nebraska from 1975 to 1976.
He was sworn in on January 3 2009; and along with Jim Risch of Idaho he became only one of two new Republican senators sworn into the 111th United States Congress. Bush to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2005 from 2007; becoming the fourth Nebraskan to hold the position. In 1991 he was elected the 47th Mayor of Lincoln and was reelected in 1995.