Jeb Bush, a frontrunner for the 2016 presidential elections, has stepped down from all of his board memberships, which included both business and nonprofit, in an attempt to clear his path toward the presidential race.
The former Florida governor resigned on Wednesday from all of his remaining board memberships, according to an aide. After leaving the mansion of Florida governor in 2007, Bush had launched many private business ventures.
In December, Bush had officially announced his plans to actively participate in exploring a White House bid.
Bush’s spokesperson Kristy Campbell said, “Bush’s review of his business interests a natural next step as he turns his focus to gauging whether there is support for a potential candidacy.”
Bush is emerging as an early favorite among the Republican establishment for the next presidential bid.
Meanwhile, Bush’s potential foes in both parties have started pouring through his extensive private dealings while attempting to search some fodder for criticism.
Bush is one of the most vocal advocates of GOP for comprehensive immigration reform.
He had earlier announced plans to resign from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and leave his advisory role with the UK’s banking giant Barclays by December 31. On Wednesday, he had cut off ties with other business houses including Empower Software Solutions, the for-profit education firm Academic Partnerships and CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc.
Earlier this week, Bush had stepped down from the board of timber firm Rayonier Inc.