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Major League Baseball hires former George W. Bush partner to run Dodgers

April 25, 2011 |  1:16 pm

Texas Gov. George W. Bush, in a Rangers jacket, cheering for the Texas Rangers with his wife, Laura, left, and Texas Rangers president J. Thomas Schieffer, far right, and his wife, Susanne, in the first inning, in Arlington, Texas.

Thomas Schieffer
, the former Texas Rangers president, has accepted the job to oversee the Dodgers and "all of the franchise's related entities," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday.

"Schieffer, an investor in the ownership group headed by George W. Bush and Rusty Rose that purchased the Rangers in 1989, was the club president from 1991-1999 and the franchise's general partner from November 1994 until June 1998," Selig said in a statement.

"Schieffer served as the United States Ambassador to Australia from 2001-2005 and then as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2005-2009 under President George W. Bush. In 2009, Schieffer was honored by the Department of Defense with its Distinguished Public Service Medal, the U.S. military’s highest civilian award," Selig continued.

The 63-year-old Texan first entered politics when he ran for the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat at 24 years old. Not only did he run, he won and held seat for three terms. He is also the younger brother of Bob Schieffer, the host of CBS' "Face the Nation."

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Photo: Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, in a Rangers jacket, cheers for the Texas Rangers with his wife, Laura, left, and then-Rangers President Thomas Schieffer, far right, and his wife, Susanne, on Sept. 27, 1996, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Linda Kaye / Associated Press

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