Jeb Bush quits board posts ahead of possible run for US president: Washington Post

Mr Bush, 61, said on Dec 16 that he was actively exploring a run for the US presidency in 2016. -- PHOTO: AFP
Mr Bush, 61, said on Dec 16 that he was actively exploring a run for the US presidency in 2016. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential United States Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has resigned from all of his corporate and non-profit board member positions, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, as the former Florida governor explores a run for the White House.

The Post, citing a statement emailed to the paper by one of Mr Bush's aides late on New Year's Eve, said he even stepped down from the board of his education foundation.

The statement added that he was still evaluating next steps for businesses for which he serves as an owner or principal partner, including consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates, the Post reported.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. Representatives for Mr Bush were not immediately available.

The news comes just days after Mr Bush, the son of former US president George H.W. Bush and the brother of former US president George W. Bush, announced he was stepping down from the board of real estate investment trust Rayonier Inc.

Mr Bush said there were no disagreements between Rayonier and him.

Mr Bush, 61, said on Dec 16 that he was actively exploring a run for the US presidency in 2016 and would establish a political action committee in January that would allow him to engage with supporters and potential donors and determine whether sufficient support exists for a run.

Mr Bush served as Florida's governor between 1999 and 2007.