BORN: June 12, 1924, age 64.

EDUCATION: Yale University, graduated Phi Beta Kappa in economics in 1948 and was captain of the varsity baseball team; graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in June, 1942.OCUCPATION: Oil company executive, diplomat, politician.

EXPERIENCE: Vice president of the United States, 1981 to present.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, 1974 to 1975.

Chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1973 to 1974.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, 1971 to 1973.

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1967 to 1971.

President and co-founder of Zapata Offshore Co., founded in 1954. The firm pioneered experimental offshore drilling equipment, and its rigs are now used by most drilling companies.

Cofounded Zapata Petroleum Corp., 1953.

Co-founded a small royalties firm, Bush-Overby Development Co., in 1951.

Supply salesman for Dresser Industries in Texas and California, 1948 to 1950.

MILITARY CAREER: U.S. Navy pilot, 1942 to 1945. At age 18, he was the youngest commissioned pilot in the Navy at the time. He fought in the Pacific, winning three air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

FAMILY: Married to Barbara Pierce, and they are the parents of six children. Bush's father, the late Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1962.

RELIGION: Episcopal.

HOME: Born in Connecticut but claims Texas as home. Also has a summer home in Maine. The Bushes have lived in 17 cities and 28 homes.