Bryan Bush

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Bryan Edward Bush, Jr.

District Attorney for
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
In office
1985–1990
Preceded by Sargent Pitcher
Succeeded by Douglas Moreau

Born April 14, 1934
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died December 4, 2010 (aged 76)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Resting place Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum in Baton Rouge
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julia Taulman Bush
Children Four children
Alma mater Southern Methodist University

Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Bryan Edward Bush, Jr. (April 14, 1934 – December 4, 2010), was the first Republican of the 20th century to hold the position of district attorney of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, based in the capital city of Baton Rouge.

Elected in 1984, Bush took office in 1985 and resigned in 1990 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of maintaining incomplete office records. Bush had been an assistant district attorney under the two-term Democrat, Ossie Brown, but he unseated Brown, who sought a third term. A resident of Baker, Brown held the position from 1972 to 1984.[1]

Background

Bush was born in Shreveport to Bryan Bush and Sallie M. Clingman. He graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he was on the Mustangs baseball team and a member of the fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. Thereafter, he received his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[2]

DA political matters

Bush retained the Democrat Hillar Moore, III, the current district attorney who had also been an assistant to Ossie Brown. Douglas Moreau, a fellow Republican, succeeded Bush as district attorney in 1991, having won a landslide election in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 6, 1990.[3]

Upon Bush's death, Moore described the former DA as having been intent on prosecuting criminals and public officials accused of corruption. After Bush resigned as DA, he returned to the private practice of law.[1]

Moore, who had since been a defense attorney in private practice, won the DA's position in 2008 with the support of both Bush and Moreau.[4]

Moore handily defeated the Republican Dan Claitor, subsequently the winner of a special election in the spring of 2009 for the state Senate seat vacated by U.S. Representative and later U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge.

Family and death

In his later years, Bush had been in declining health caused by multiple sclerosis, which was initially diagnosed when Bush was thirty-seven. He died at his Baton Rouge home of cardiovascular disease at the age of seventy-six.[5]

Bush was survived by his wife, the former Julia Taulman (born May 25, 1934); three daughters, a son, ten grandchildren, and a sister, Jo Bush Chandler. A funeral mass was said at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Baton Rouge; he was entombed at Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Katy Kennedy, "Former EBR District Attorney Bush Dies, The Baton Rouge Advocate'
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bryan Bush obituary. The Baton Rouge Advocate (December 6, 2010). Retrieved on June 4, 2019.
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Primary election returns, October 6, 1990.
  4. Joe Gyan, Jr., "Moreau backs Moore for EBR district attorney," The Baton Rouge Advocate, July 21, 2016.
  5. Former District Attorney Bryan Bush Dies. WBRZ in Baton Rouge (December 4, 2010).