WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Jeb Bush is reportedly giving up his role as a U.S. adviser to the British banking giant Barclays as well as paid speeches that bring in as much as $65,000.
The Wall Street Journal cited a "person familiar with the matter" who said the former Florida governor would leave Barclays PLC by year's end. The person said Bush has been advising the bank's clients on economic trends since 2009.
Bush, son of one former president and brother of another, announced earlier this week that he was launching an exploratory committee to examine a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
After a career that combined banking, real estate and work on his father's campaigns, Bush served as Florida's secretary of commerce in the late 1980s. He ran for Florida governor in 1994 and won four years later, becoming the state's first two-term Republican governor.
The Washington Speakers Bureau deleted Bush from its website this week, Politico reported. The bureau has represented him since he returned to private life in 2007.
Bush reportedly was paid as much as $65,000. Before all mention of him was removed, the bureau said Bush has a "visionary understanding of the issues." The website also offered a "civilized partisan debate" with Bush on the Republican side and former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey on the Democratic one.