Bush grew up in Connecticut and came to Texas as a young man, settling first in Midland. George Bush helped develop the Republican Party as a potent political force in the state. After winning Harris County’s 7th Congressional District and serving two terms, Bush ran for the Senate but was defeated by Lloyd Bentsen. Bush was appointed by former President Nixon as U.S. Ambassador to China. After serving ably as Chairman of the RNC during Watergate, President Ford appointed Bush U.S. envoy to the People’s Republic of China and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Elected vice president in 1980, he was elected president in 1988. His popularity soared during the war in the Persian Gulf but plummeted when he endorsed a tax increase. Bill Clinton defeated Bush in 1992.