David Lee "Dave" Camp (born July 9, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 4th congressional district, serving since 1991. He is a member of the Republican Party and the current Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Early life, education and career
Camp was born in Midland, Michigan to Norma L. Nehil and Robert D. Camp. He graduated from H.H.
Dow High School in 1971. He attended the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, 1973–1974 and earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978.
Camp worked as a member of the Midland County, Michigan board of canvassers and a member of the Midland County Republican executive committee. He also briefly served as a private practice lawyer.
He was special assistant Michigan attorney general from 1980 to 1984. He served on the staff of U.S. Representative Bill Schuette of Michigan, 1984–1987. He served one term in the Michigan House of Representatives, 1989–1990.
U.S. House of Representatives
Camp is a member of both the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and the conservative Republican Study Committee, two groups with conflicting positions on policy.
For example, the RMSP supports stem cell research and opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, while the RSC opposes stem cell research and supports the FMA. He also received a score of 50 out of 100 from the John Birch Society's "Freedom Index", a Congressional Scorecard.
Camp was listed as a rising star within his party during his freshman term in Congress. In the 108th Congress, he served as a deputy majority whip and on the House Ways and Means Committee, a position that he used to advance welfare reform. Time magazine listed Camp's efforts as crucial to the passing of this new policy.
In 1990, Camp was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 10th congressional district to the 102nd Congress. After the 1990 census, the districts were redrawn and his home in Midland wound up in the 4th district.
He was re-elected from the new 4th district in 1992, serving from January 3, 1993 to the present.
In 2006, Camp had no opponent in the Republican primary election and defeated Democratic candidate Mike Huckleberry, a restaurant owner and also the 2004 nominee, in the general election.
Camp was challenged by Democratic nominee Andrew Concannon, a Saginaw Township attorney, but he won re-election.
Camp was challenged by Democratic nominee Jerry M. Campbell.
November 27th, 2011