John B. T. Campbell III

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John B. T. Campbell III
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mary Bono Mack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 48th district
In office
December 6, 2005 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Christopher Cox
Succeeded by Dana Rohrabacher
Member of the California Senate
from the 35th district
In office
December 2004 – December 2005
Preceded by Ross Johnson
Succeeded by Tom Harman
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 70th district
In office
December 2000 – December 2004
Preceded by Marilyn Brewer
Succeeded by Chuck DeVore
Personal details
Born John Bayard Taylor Campbell III
(1955-07-19) July 19, 1955 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Campbell
Children John Bayard Taylor Campbell IV
Logan Campbell
Residence Shady Canyon (Irvine, California, U.S.)
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Occupation accountant, automobile dealer, politician
Religion Presbyterian

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. On June 27, 2013, Campbell announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[1]

Business career[edit]

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[edit]

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 received 30% of the vote. In the general election, Campbell won with 64%. Then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a close ally of Campbell, endorsed him in the race.[2]

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.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Party leadership and Caucus membership[edit]

On June 17, 2009, Campbell signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1503, the bill introduced as a reaction to conspiracy theories which claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen.[3] Campbell stated on Hardball with Chris Matthews that he believed that Obama was a natural born U.S. citizen and that he believed the bill would end the conspiracy theories surrounding Obama's citizenship.

On December 15, 2010, Campbell was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members.[4][5]

In 2011, Campbell voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.[6] He also sponsored the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act which would make it easier for taxpayers to make donations to the federal government.

Political campaigns[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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 2012, he was re-elected with 59.1% of the vote.[7]

Controversy[edit]

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.[8][9][10]

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Marilyn Brewer
California State Assemblyman
70th District
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Chuck DeVore
California Senate
Preceded by
Ross Johnson.
California State Senator
35th District
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Tom Harman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Christopher Cox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 48th congressional district

December 7, 2005-January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Dana Rohrabacher
Preceded by
Mary Bono Mack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Doris Matsui
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
201st
Succeeded by
Albio Sires
D-New Jersey