2019 George Bush Award For Excellence In Public Service To Be Presented To Former British Prime Minister John Major

HOUSTON, TX – The George & Barbara Bush Foundation will present its George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir John Major, this Thursday, November 21st at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston. Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III will present the award to this year’s honoree at the start of the Bush Foundation’s 10th anniversary Vintner Dinner – the organization’s leading fundraising event of the year. This marks the first time the Bush Award has been given since President Bush’s passing, and is the first such Award presented at the Foundation’s Vintner Dinner.

Sir John, 76, entered the British Parliament in 1979, and Government in 1983.  He joined Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1987; was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in July 1989; and Chancellor of the Exchequer soon afterwards.  He became Prime Minister in November of 1990. 

As Prime Minister, Sir John focused his efforts upon securing peace in Northern Ireland and upholding Britain’s position in the world community as a political, social and economic leader.  He also took a leading role alongside President George H.W. Bush in the first Gulf War, and survived an IRA mortar attack on 10 Downing Street.

“Few world leaders worked as closely with President Bush as did Sir John, which is why President Bush personally selected him to receive the Bush Award in the months before his passing,” said David Jones, CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. “It reflects not only the deep respect and genuine friendship between these two extraordinary figures, but also celebrates their work together to help change our world for the better – as they helped secure freedom’s victory in the Cold War and usher in a new era of international cooperation and prosperity.”

The George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes an individual’s or group’s dedication to public service at the local, state, national or international levels. The ten previous Bush Award recipients are: German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (2000); Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (2001); U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2003); California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2004); Reverend Bill Graham (2006); Secretary Bob Gates (2007); President Ronald W. Reagan (2011); Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar (2013); U.S. Senator Bob Dole (2016); and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (2018).

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s annual Vintner Dinner and Wine Auction, which directly benefits The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. As always, this year’s dinner features fine wines hand-picked to perfectly pair with a multi-course dinner. The event will begin with a silent auction of one-of-a-kind Bush Family memorabilia and specialty items, and end with a live auction of luxurious excursions and unique wine packages.

Special gratitude goes to our world-class participating vintners, which include:

Alexander Valley Vineyards
Altamura Vineyards & Winery
Aperture Cellars
Champagne Pol Roger
Cordelina Wine Company
Corley Family Napa Valley
Fisher Vineyards
Frio Canyon Vineyard
Groth Vineyards & Winery
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards
McPherson Cellars
Rombauer Vineyards
Thompson 31Fifty Wines
Tom Eddy Winery


The George & Barbara Bush Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic legacies of service best exemplified by President and Mrs. Bush by supporting the education and service-oriented programs at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Bush School of Government and Public Service — and by organizing and sponsoring programs inspired by the 41st President and Mrs. Bush that highlight the value and virtue of public service in its many forms. Follow us also on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. More information at: georgeandbarabarabush.org.