Laura Welch Bush was born on November 4, 1946 in Midland, Texas. She was the only child of Harold Bruce Welch, a loan company branch manager and owner of home building company, and Jena Welch, who worked as bookkeeper of husband’s home building company from their residence. Her biography on Biography.com states that after graduating from high school in 1964, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Methodist University in 1968. She later taught in public schools in Dallas and Houston. She received a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas in 1973 and later worked as a librarian in Austin.
Laura Welch became Laura Welch Bush on November 5, 1977. The couple had twins Barbara and Jenna on November 25, 1981. While her husband pursued a career in politics, Laura ended her work as a librarian and went to work full-time on his campaign. Laura also devoted her time to volunteer work and homemaking.She would continue to play this behind the scene role all the way to the White House.
In 1994 Laura became First Lady Of Texas when her husband won the Governorship. As First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush successfully lobbied for state funding of early reading, literacy and early childhood development programs, which became the social issues on which she focused.
According her biography, through the 2000 campaign, Laura avoided any controversy with remarks that were inconsistent with those of her husband, but she broke precedent by becoming the first presidential candidate’s wife (who was not already First Lady) to address the convention that was nominating her husband. During the 2004 campaign, Laura Bush dramatically increased her role, delivering a policy-oriented speech at the Republican National Convention, making hundreds of stump speeches in which she addressed substantive policy accomplishments and goals of the Administration in economics, homeland security and the Iraqi War.
Though her taste in fashion can be described as matronly, that looked seemed to somehow just work for her. She was a wife and mother first, then First Lady. Laura was a modern first lady, very much involved in political causes, that managed to keep that soccer-mom ambiance.