Jenna Bush is the younger of the sororal twin daughter of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady LauraBush. Jenna was born on November 25, 1981 in Dallas, Texas one minute after her fraternal twin sister, Barbara. She is named after her maternal grandmother Jenna Hawkins. Jenna and Barbara were the first twin children of a U.S. President.
Jenna is an author and an editor for Southern Living magazine. She is also a special correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and a contributor to NBC Nightly News. During her childhood, she went to several primary and secondary schools. She and her twin sister attended Preston Hollow Elementary School and after that, The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.
In 2000, Jenna graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas and in the same year, her father was elected president. After the Bush family settled into the White House, Jenna attended the University of Texas in Austin. There, she began to attract attention as an underage partier. Jenna was charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21 on April 2001 in Austin.
After one month of that incident, she was again charged on 2001 May 29 for attempting to use her grandmother’s fake ID to purchase alcohol. While Jenna was at University of Texas she became a legacy member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and she got graduated with a degree in English in 2004. She and her sister made several public appearances on behalf of their father’s re-election campaign and also a speech for the Republican Convention on August 31, 2004.
In the winter of 2003, Jenna decided to get involved in the 2004 campaign. In response, during the summer of 2004, she made media appearances. Both the twin sisters with their father took turns travelling to swing states and they also gave a seven pages interview and photo shoot in Vogue. She also worked as a teacher’s aide at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School for a year and a half. In 2006, she visited Africa with her mother leaving Washington D.C. She then worked as an intern for UNICEF. There, she used to teach in Latin America and she also visited drought-stricken Paraguay while working as an intern for United Nations Children’s Fund. She then again returned to her position at the Charter School in Washington D.C. after her internship for UNICEF.
In 2007, Jenna began marketing a book proposal titled “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” with the assistance of Robert B. Barnett, a Washington attorney. The book chronicles her experiences of working with UNICEF sponsored charities in Latin America and also including the visit to drought stricken Paraguay in 2006. In September 28, 2007, the book was released with an initial printing of 500,000 copies. Her share of the profits will go to UNICEF and the remaining will go to the woman whose life is the basis of the book. Jenna also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She wrote a second book entitled “Read All About It!” in conjunction with her mother.
The book which was designed to encourage children to read was published on April 22, 2008. Jenna began to work as a contributing correspondent in 2009 for NBC’s Today Show. She interviewed former President Bill Clinton in April 19, 2010 and also discussed about Haiti and his daughter Chelsea’s upcoming marriage. Jenna also helped out with NBC News’s Education Nation segments on all platforms of NBC. She was named editor-at-large of Southern Living magazine in 2012 November 26.
On August 15, 2007, Jenna got engaged to Henry Chase Hager who worked as a U.S. Department of Commerce aide for Carlos Gutierrez and also as a White House aide for Karl Rove. They ware first met on the campaign trial for her father in 2004. Their wedding took place on May 10, 2008 during a private ceremony at her parents’ Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. President Bush hosted a wedding Reception for his daughter Jenna and Henry at the White House in June 21, 2008. Many Republicans guest were included such as Condoleezza Rica. Jenna gave birth to her first child Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager which was named after her grandmothers in April 13, 2013 in New York City.