Since its original printing in 1952, the publication of the Handbook of Texas has been made possible through the support of its users. As an independent nonprofit, TSHA relies on your contributions to close the funding gap for the online Handbook and keep it a freely accessible resource for users worldwide. Please make a donation today to preserve the most comprehensive encyclopedic resource on Texas history. Donate Today »


Sarah Jameson
Robert Grammar Bush III (1936–2002).
State legislator Bob Bush served in the House of the Sixty-fifth through Sixty-ninth Texas legislatures. Courtesy Legislative Reference Library of Texas and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

BUSH, ROBERT GRAMMAR III [BOB] (1936–2002). Robert “Bob” Grammar Bush III, representative in the Texas legislature and well-known Grayson County lawyer, son of Robert Grammar Bush, Jr., and Margaret Irene (Woolard) Bush, was born at Kansas City, Missouri, on January 15, 1936. Bob Bush graduated from the University of Kansas and then served a brief stint in the United States Army. He attended law school at Southern Methodist University and New York University. On January 20, 1962, he married Wanda Baker in Dallas before moving to Sherman, Texas, a year later to join the law firm of Nance & Caston. The Sherman Jaycees honored Bush with their Outstanding Young Man Award in 1969. 

In 1976 he was elected as a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives where he introduced 139 bills during ten years of service in the Sixty-fifth through Sixty-ninth legislatures. His most important contribution as a legislator was his modification of the Texas Natural Death Act that allowed terminally-ill patients to orally order life-sustaining procedures withheld. As a representative, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee for the Sixty-seventh, Sixty-eighth, and Sixty-ninth legislatures and was unanimously elected as house majority leader for two consecutive terms. He also served on the Appropriations, Financial Institutions, State Affairs, Energy Resources, Social Services, and Business and Industry committees. In 1985 Representative Bush was honored as one of the “Ten Best Legislators from a Family Law Perspective” by the State Bar of Texas.

During his life as representative and lawyer, Bush supported Grayson County children by founding the Sherman Boys and Girls Club in his district. That same organization gave him the Golden Boy Award for his service. He also served as chairman of the Grayson County Child Welfare Board. For thirty-nine years he was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church where he participated in the choir, acted as a teacher, and was part of the Vestry. At Grayson County College, he provided instruction in business and real estate law. As a lawyer, he was president of the Grayson County Bar Association and associate director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He published articles in the Texas Trial Lawyers Forum, the Texas Bar Journal, and the Texas Observer.

Robert “Bob” Grammar Bush lived in Sherman, Texas, where he raised Aberdeen-Angus cattle until his death. He died at home in his sleep on May 14, 2002; he was sixty-six years old and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.


Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Bob Bush (, accessed March 7, 2017. Texas State Cemetery: Robert Grammar Bush (, accessed March 7, 2017. 

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Sarah Jameson, "BUSH, ROBERT GRAMMAR III [BOB] ," accessed September 19, 2019,

Uploaded on March 22, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...