|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 25th district
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Jeff Wentworth|
|Born||Donna Sue Burrows
September 17, 1954
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Residence||New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas|
|Alma mater||Central State University (B.S.N.)
Texas Woman’s University (M.S.N.)
Texas Tech University (M.D., 1989)
|Occupation||Physician, state senator|
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Donna Sue Burrows Campbell (born September 9, 1954) is the 25th District member of the Texas Senate. On July 31, 2012, she became the first person in Texas history to knock off an incumbent Republican senator, Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, in a primary election. She is a medical doctor, who practices as an emergency room physician. Campbell represents a district that serves all of Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Kendall counties, and portions of northern Bexar and southern Travis counties.
Early life and education 
Campbell was born on the naval base in San Diego, California, and reared in Oklahoma. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and later as a trooper in the highway patrol. Her mother was a factory worker for much of her life but became an registered nurse at the age of forty-eight.
Campbell obtained her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Campbell earned her Masters of Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She decided to specialize in cardiovascular clinical nursing and nursing administration.
She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in May 1989 and completed an internship in general surgery at Methodist Hospital in Dallas from 1989-1990. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston from 1990 to 1993.
Medical career 
Campbell has volunteered her time and expertise to perform hundreds of eye surgeries in Ghana, West Africa, working through the Christian Eye Ministry, an organization which focuses it efforts to bring back sight to people living in Africa.
Campbell was named the vice chair of Nominations Committee and given a seat on the Education and Transportation Committees of the Senate.
Political positions 
Campbell is conservative. Campbell is also pro-life. Texas Governor Rick Perry and Campbell support a proposed 2013 law, one that would restrict abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy, the “fetal pain bill.” Current state law sets the threshold at 27 weeks.
Personal life 
Election results 
2010 election results 
Campbell, running as the "Tea Party favorite", lost to U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett by a surprisingly small margin in the 2010 Congressional election for the 25th District Congressional seat.
|US House election, 2010: Texas District 25|
2012 election results 
Republican primary, Texas Senate District 25, May 29, 2012 
In the Republican primary on May 29, 2012 for Texas Senate District 25, Campbell came in second, advancing to the runoff. Elizabeth Ames Jones, the former Railroad Commissioner was eliminated from the runoff. The incumbent, Jeff Wentworth, who was in the Texas Senate for more than two decades, led the voting with 27,040 votes; Campbell followed with 25,458 primary votes. With 23,075 votes, Jones finished in a strong third place in the primary.
In the Republican primary, Wentworth spent $727,568. Campbell spent about $175,000. And Jones, who had the backing of Texans for Lawsuit Reform’s political action committee, spent $1,754,310.
|Republican primary, May 29, 2012: Senate District 25 |
|✓||Jeff Wentworth (Incumbent)||27,050||35.77%|
|Elizabeth Ames Jones||23,085||30.53%|
Republican primary runoff, Texas Senate District 25, July 31, 2012 
Campbell defeated incumbent Jeff Wentworth, who was in the Texas Senate for over two decades, by a two-to-one margin in the state Senate primary runoff on July 31, 2012. Campbell defeated Wentworth in every county in the 25th District except the portion of the district in southern Travis County. She built upon the base of support she gathered during the 2010 run for Congress to create the numbers that she needed to finish second in the Republican primary on May 29 and to win the July 31 Republican primary runoff against Wentworth. After the results were announced Campbell stated, "People were tired of the status quo government — that's the folks who came out and voted for us. We have a large grass-roots movement. People identified with our message: smaller government, lower taxes and a vision for having a strong economy with job creation in the private sector." Campbell also stated that she believed that she benefited from the endorsement of Ted Cruz. Others saw her win as a victory for the Tea Party over the establishment Republicans.
|Republican primary runoff, 2012: Senate District 25|
|Jeff Wentworth (Incumbent)||23,168||33.84%|
General Election, Texas Senate District 25, November 6, 2012 
In the general election for the Texas Senate District 25 of November 6, 2012, Campbell won a commanding victory over John Courage, a high school teacher from San Antonio. Campbell easily out-spent Courage and took two-thirds of the votes.
|General Election, Texas Senate District 25, November 6, 2012: Senate District 25 |
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- Ward, Mike. Campbell ousts Texas Senate veteran Wentworth, Austin American-Statesman, August 1, 2012.
- Ramsey, Ross. San Antonio Republicans Get Their New Face, New York Times, August 4, 2012.
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- "General Election Results, November 6, 2012". Secretary of State of Texas. November 6, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- Donna Campbell for Senate
- Columbus Community Hospital Profile
- Texas Tribune Profile
- Vote Smart Profile
|Texas State Senator
from District 25 (New Braunfels)
2013 – present