Tanner Jacob Bush, an incoming senior at Bellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma Washington and has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-30.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Mr. Bush was previously elected as Supreme Court Justice at Evergreen Boys State which had roughly 250 participants. Mr. Bush will be joined by Matthew Hawkins of W.F. West High School in representing the State of Washington.
Mr. Bush is an active member in his community jumping at any service opportunities that are brought before him. He has just recently completed his eagle scout project and is currently awaiting a final signature to receive his Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Bush has also been an active participant in karate for 12 years. He is currently working on achieving his black belt which he hopes to have by the beginning of his senior year. During his tenure in karate he has served on the U.S Jr. National Team and competed at a world level. In 2014 he took bronze in Budapest, Hungry at the Youth World Cup. After high school Mr. Bush hopes to attend West Point to study international relations and eventually be commissioned into the infantry.
About Boys Nation:
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Boys are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.
The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iowa Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House as well. In addition, delegates will also visit The American Legion’s Washington office to meet with lobbyists and subject matter experts, and attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Dale Barnett of Georgia.
This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.