At a Glance
- Career History: California State Senator (2004-2005); California Assemblyman (2000-2004); Car dealership CEO (1978-2003)
- Birthday: July 19, 1955
- Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Alma Mater: U.C.L.A., B.A. 1976; University of Southern California, Master's of Business Taxation, 1977
- Spouse: Catherine
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Committees: Financial Services ; Budget ; Joint Economic
- DC Office: 1507 Longworth Building, 202-225-5611
- District Office: Newport Beach, Calif., 949-756-2244
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Path to Power
Campbell was born in 1955 to a family with some history in California politics. Campbell's great-grandfather was elected to the California Assembly in 1860. Over a century later, Campbell helped stuff envelopes for Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential bid. Two years later, Campbell's father unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate.
Campbell developed his conservative philosophy early. As a student at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake High School, his Western Civilization teacher once threw him out of class for being "too conservative" and advocating for escalated bombing in North Vietnam and for supporting President Nixon.
Campbell voted with his party 89 percent of the time during the 111th Congress. His breaks with the party tend to reflect his commitment to fiscal conservatism, but he has been independent on other issues as well.
In February 2011, Campbell voted against a string of votes looking to temporarily extend provisions in the USA Patriot Act.
Though he never ascended to the chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee, Campbell remains a vocal member of the influential group.
Campbell has worked closely with Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the group's chairman for the 112th Congress, and Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), who chairs the group's budget and spending task force. The three have led efforts to find $100 billion in spending cuts in the 2012 budget. .