At a Glance
- Career History: Michigan representative(1988-1990); Aide to Rep. Bill Schuette (R-Mich.) (1984-1987); Michigan Assistant state attorney general (1980-1984)
- Birthday: July 9, 1953
- Hometown: Midland, Mich.
- Alma Mater: Albion College, B.A. 1975; University of San Diego, J.D. 1978
- Spouse: Nancy Camp
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee (since January 2011)
- DC Office: 137 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515(202) 225-3561
- District Office: Midland, 989-631-2552; Traverse City, 231-929-4711
Path to Power
Born in 1953, Camp grew up in Midland, a central Michigan industrial town where he and his wife and three children still reside. He attended local schools before graduating from Michigan's Albion College in 1975.
After earning his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978, Camp returned to Michigan to practice law and later served as a special assistant to the Michigan attorney general during the early 1980s. He became active in local Republican politics and managed the winning congressional campaign of his boyhood friend Bill Schuette in 1984. Camp then worked as an aide to Schuette for four years before beginning his own electoral career with a successful run for a seat in the Michigan House in 1988.
Though he has kept one foot in the moderate bloc through his participation in the Main Street Partnership, Camp has generally voted as a conservative and along party lines in the House. He sided with Republicans 93.7 percent of the time during the 111th Congress.
The American Conservative Union gives him a lifetime rating of 89 percent,though his score with the Club for Growth is considerably lower.
Camp was an early supporter of Mitt Romney 's campaign for president in 2008, serving as a congressional liaison for the former Massachusetts governor. He would be a natural ally for Romney as he stays in the national limelight in advance of a potential second run for the White House in 2012.
Camp was also a top supporter of former House speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), managing the Republican's campaign for that post in 1998.