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U.S. Representative for California, serving in Congress since 2005 - member of the Republican Party.


John Campbell Biography

ENG: John Bayard Taylor Campbell III (born July 19, 1955) is the U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party.


Early life, education and career

Born in Los Angeles, California, Campbell graduated from Harvard High School in 1972 and earned a B.A. in Economics from UCLA in 1976 and his M.S. in Business Taxation from USC in 1977. After receiving his Master's degree, Campbell became a CPA and joined Ernst & Young as a tax accountant.


Business career

In 1985, Campbell became President and CEO of Campbell Automotive Group. In 1990, he became President and CEO of Saturn of Orange County. Campbell became Chairman and CEO of Saab of Orange County in 1999.


California Legislature

Elected to represent southern Orange County's 70th District in the California State Assembly in 2000, Campbell won 60% of the vote in a five-way race to replace term-limited Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer. Campbell was reelected in 2002 with 67% of the vote.

In the 2004 race to replace the term-limited Ross Johnson in the 35th State Senate District, Campbell won the Republican primary with 61% of the vote against fellow Assemblyman Ken Maddox, who garnered only 30% of the vote. In the general election, Campbell won 64% of the vote.

As a Senator, Campbell served as Vice Chair of both the Business Professions and Economic Development Committee and the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. He was also a member of the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee; the Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee; the Environmental Quality Committee; and the Government Modernization, Efficiency, and Accountability Committee.


Political campaigns

After Congressman Christopher Cox resigned to become Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Campbell became a candidate to replace Cox in the 48th Congressional District Special Election, scheduled for October 4, 2005. Campbell received endorsements from most of the important Republican officials in the state but faced some criticism as his stance on illegal immigration was seen as being too lenient. Campbell faced a strong third-party challenge from American Independent Party candidate Jim Gilchrist. On October 4, Campbell garnered 45.5% of the vote, below the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. He faced Democrat Steve Young, American Independent Jim Gilchrist, Libertarian Bruce Cohen and Green Bea Tirtilli in the December 6 runoff, which he won with 44.4% of the vote. Campbell was sworn in on December 7.

Campbell was re-elected to his first full term in 2006 with 60% of the vote. In 2008 and 2010, he was re-elected with 55.7% and 59.9%, respectively, of the vote.



In 2009, several watchdog groups accused Rep. Campbell of taking $170,000 in campaign contributions (as well as $600,000 to $6,000,000 in rent) from used car dealers, and then introducing legislation exempting them from consumer protection laws.





February 5, 2013

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