Although he lost his first attempt to reach the U.S. Senate in 1964, he was elected to the 7th congressional district in Texas in the House of Representatives two years later. In 1971 he was hired as a U.N. ambassador by Richard Nixon. He later landed the positions of Republican National Committee chairman, chief of the Liaison Office in China and Central Intelligence director.
George H.W.’s first presidential attempt in 1980 ended in a Republican primary defeat to Ronald Reagan. But after spending the following eight years as vice president, he became the incumbent POTUS in 1988. His reign was largely defined by his foreign policies, which involved military action in the Persian Gulf, and witnessing the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
George H.W. lost to Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. But the Bush family didn’t have to wait long to rise to power again. Indeed, just eight years later, his son George W. Bush was elected the POTUS, resulting in the first presidential father-son pairing since John Adams and John Quincy Adams in the early 19th century.