So for those of us who were too young to remember everything -- or simply weren't paying attention -- here's a guide to Jeb Bush's key political moments as governor of Florida
Bush lost his first race for governor
This was an important moment in The History of Jeb Bush, as The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty outlines so well. The tl;dr version is that in 1994, with Jeb Bush's dad having just lost reelection to Bill Clinton and his brother running for governor of Texas, Jeb Bush tried to knock off the incumbent Democratic governor of Florida, Lawton Chiles. He ran as a hard-line conservative -- the Ted Cruz of his time, one operative remembers -- and famously said he'd do "probably nothing" for black Floridians.
It was also a pretty good year for conservatives. But despite all that, Bush lost. His brother won. And as Jeb Bush would later recall, it was a trying time.
Reinvigorated, Bush tried again in 1998 -- and won
This time around, Bush ran as a more moderate conservative. He actually did pretty well with Latino and black voters, as former Fix-er Nia-Malika Henderson points out. Bush is fluent in Spanish and married to a Mexican-American woman, Columba, whom he met while on a high school trip to Mexico.
Bush won again in 2002 and became Florida's first two-term Republican governor. He served until 2007 and really liked to say he would take on "big, hairy audacious goals." (Maybe that was a cool thing to say back then?)
During his whole time as governor, Bush never swayed from his fiscal conservative roots. He cut $19 billion in taxes and shrunk the size of the state government, while building up the state's reserves by $9 billion.
He signed the stand your ground law you've probably heard about
In 2005, a pro-gun rights Bush signed off on Florida's stand your ground law, which makes it okay for a Floridian to shoot someone if they feel threatened.
The law came to national prominence in 2012 when George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Travyon Martin outside Orlando. (Bush later said that law wouldn't have applied because Martin wasn't threatening Zimmerman when he was shot: "Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back,” he said.)
He wanted to give undocumented immigrants licenses
In 2004, Bush supported a bill (that ultimately failed) to give undocumented immigrants drivers licenses. Bush also supported in-state tuition at Florida state colleges and universities for immigrants in the country illegally.
This is, of course, at odds with the conservative wing of the Republican party today, and you're likely to hear fellow GOPers attack Bush on his support for these initiatives in the primary.
He helped develop Common Core
Speaking of things conservatives don't like, Bush created the first school voucher system in the country. It allowed students in bad schools to use public money to attend private schools. The state Supreme Court struck that idea down as unconstitutional.
During Bush's time in office, 4th grade reading level scores went up by 11 percent in Florida, compared with 2.5 percent nationally, according to the libertarian think tank, Washington Policy Center.
Bush also served on a national education commission while governor. The commission advocated for national reading and math standards, known as Common Core. About 40 states have Common Core, and Bush is a big supporter -- even as many conservatives consider the standards as one more example of big government invading the classroom.
He played a big role in the Terri Schiavo case
If you recall, Terri Schiavo was a Florida woman who had brain damage and had been surviving for 15 years on a feeding tube. In the early 2000s, her husband wanted to remove the tube. Her parents didn't.
Bush got involved by deciding Schiavo should stay on life support, a popular stance among Christian conservatives. He ushered through and signed "Terri's Law," to make it happen -- even as Schiavo's husband won the right to remove the tube in court.
The whole thing turned into a huge national debate, with Bush at the center. The state Supreme Court struck "Terri's Law" down, saying it invaded a family's right to private medical decisions.
Bush hasn't talked much about the whole thing on the 2016 campaign trail. But in February he did tell Fox's Sean Hannity that he didn't regret his actions:
"I acted on my core belief that the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line. They should receive our love and protection.”
He put a lot of money toward protecting the Eveglades
His second year as governor, Bush signed into law an $8 billion protection package for Florida's Everglades and over his entire two terms set aside 1 million more acres of land for protection. The move was praised by environmental groups.
One more thing: Jeb is short for John Ellis Bush.
That's it. Just wanted to share that. Okay, hope you're all caught up now.