For the First Time in 40 Years, a Complete Absence of Bushes at the GOP Convention

Not a single member of the Bush dynasty will appear at the RNC this year.

The Bush family has played a role in nearly every Republican nominating convention since 1948, beginning with former Connecticut Sen. Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush's father and George W. Bush's grandfather.

The last Republican convention not attended by a Bush family member occurred in 1976 when George H.W. Bush served as director of the CIA.

While the absence of the two former presidents in the family is not without precedent -- neither attended in 2012 -- the complete void of a Bush presence is unusual. In 2012, Jeb Bush and son George P. Bush represented the clan at the convention in Tampa.