Jenna Bush Hager was born on November 25, 1981, to George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and former First Lady Laura Bush. She and her twin sister grew up in Texas and moved to Washington D.C. after her father was elected president in 200. She began her professional career as a teacher’s aide and has now become a famous television personality on N.B.C. She is also an author — having published a total of six books — and editor-at-large for “Southern Living” magazine. Let’s celebrate the day she was born by looking at how she has made a name for herself.
Jenna Welch Bush Hager
November 25, 1981
Jenna Hager’s full name is Jenna Welch Bush Hager, after her maternal grandmother. She was born November 25, 1981, in Dallas, Texas to former U.S. president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. She attended Preston Hollow Elementary school and the Hockday School with her twin sister Barbara. In 1994, she moved with her family to Austin, Texas after her father was elected Governor of the State. There she enrolled at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and eventually she graduated from Austin High School in 2000. In 2001, George W. Bush became the forty-third U.S. president. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English.
Hager became involved in her father’s 2004 presidential campaign, making several media appearances with her sister. They delivered a speech to the Republican Convention in August 2004, were featured in a seven-page interview and photo shoot in Vogue, and took turns traveling to swing states with their father. In the summer of 2006, Hager started working as a teacher’s aide at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. She retained this post for a year and a half, save for a brief break to work at a shelter in Latin America as part of an internship for UNICEF’s Educational Policy Department. In September 2007, she published a book titled “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope”. The book documents her experience interning for the United Nations Children’s Fund at UNICEF-sponsored charities in Latin America. In April 2008, she published a second book, written with her mother, titled “Read All About It!” hoping to inspire children to read. Both books were published by HarperCollins. In August 2009, Hager was hired by the N.B.C. as a contributor and correspondent for the “Today Show”. With time her profile expanded, and she eventually began to substitute for the show’s main anchor during the 7 am to 9 am hours and the fourth hour. In November 2012, Hager became editor-at-large of Southern Living magazine. She published two more books, “Our Great Big Backyard” (2016) with her mother and “Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life” (2017) with her sister. In March 2019, she began a monthly book club on the “Today Show” titled Read with Jenna. As of April 2019, she has become co-anchor of the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb. She is currently still working as a part-time reading coordinator at the SEED Public Charter School in Maryland, which helps her contribute a monthly news story for the “Today Show” about education. She published two more books titled “Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss” (2020) and “The Superpower of Sisterhood” (2022). Hager signed a deal with Universal Studio Group in February 2022.
Hager met her current husband Henry Chase Hager during her father’s 2004 presidential campaign. They got engaged in August 2007 and got married on May 10, 2008, at the Bush’s ranch near Crawford, Texas. The Hagers have three children, Mila, Poppy Louise, and Hal. Like her twin sister, Hager does not wish to identify with any political party and prefers to remain a neutral and independent thinker. She currently serves on the board of the Greenwich International Film Festival.
She graduates from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English.
She starts working as a teacher’s aide at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.
Hager publishes “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” about her experience working at charities in Latin America.
She becomes a contributor and correspondent for the “Today Show.”
Hager is appointed editor-at-large of “Southern Living” magazine.
She becomes co-anchor of the fourth hour of “Today with Hoda Kotb.”
Hager signs a first-look deal with Universal Studio Group.
Why We Love Jenna Bush Hager
Her dedication to children
Hager began her career as a teacher’s aide and currently works part-time as a reading coordinator at the SEED Public Charter School in Maryland. She interned for the United Nations’ Children Fund in Latin America. Hoping to encourage children to read, she co-wrote a book with her mother titled “Read All About It!” (2008).
Her humanitarian efforts
She chronicled her experience working in UNICEF-sponsored charities in Latin America, including drought-stricken Paraguay, in her book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.” Her shares of the profits go to UNICEF while the remaining profits are given to the woman on whose life the book is based.
Her attitude regarding politics
While Hager prefers not to be associated with any political party, she has a deep respect for the institution and her family’s legacy. She participated in her father’s presidential campaign and wrote an inspiring and supportive open letter to President Obama’s daughters at the end of his term in 2017. She expressed her discontent live on-air at the storming of the United States Capitol in 2021.
5 Surprising Facts
She asked her father not to campaign
Hager and her twin did not want their father to run for president in 2000.
She was arrested twice in five weeks
In 2001, Hager was first arrested for possession of alcohol under the age of 21, then for attempting to use a fake I.D. to purchase alcohol.
Her ancestor was hanged for witchcraft
She is a descendant of Mary Parker who was executed by hanging during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
She has interviewed Michelle Obama
In 2018, she famously interviewed Obama about her life and challenges in the White House.
She enjoys a good costume
Hager has dressed up as several fun characters for the “Today Show” hosts’ Halloween Extravaganza including Goose from “Top Gun” and her paternal grandmother.
Jenna Bush Hager FAQs
Are Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush friends with Alexandra and Vanessa Kerry?
During George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, the Bush twins developed a friendship with John Kerry’s daughters, who were also campaigning on behalf of their father.
Who is Henry Chase Hager?
Hager’s husband is the son of John H. Hager who is a former Virginia Republican Party Chairman, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary.
Where does Jenna Bush Hager live?
The Hagers own a home on Long Island’s North Shore but are supposedly relocating to Connecticut’s Fairfield County.
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