Congressman John Campbell is a fourth-generation Californian, and has lived in Irvine for over 30 years. John and his wife Catherine were childhood sweethearts who have two sons, both of whom attended public school in Orange County and went on to graduate from USC. John continues the Campbell family tradition as public servants. His grandfather was elected to the California State Assembly in 1860 as part of Abraham Lincoln’s Republican ticket.
Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from UCLA in 1976 and a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from USC in 1977. He is a lifelong businessman and has worked as a Certified Public Accountant for the firm that later became known as Ernst and Young. A lifelong car enthusiast and collector, Campbell went to work for his first car dealership in 1978 and went on to own and operate various car dealerships across Southern California during a 25 year in that industry. John represented numerous franchises over the course of his career including Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Saturn, and Saab.
In 2000, John was elected to California State Assembly, where he served two terms before being elected to the California State Senate in 2004. While in the State Assembly, Campbell became known as a strong fiscal conservative and reformer in Sacramento.
In December of 2005, John was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election, and is currently serving his 3rd term in the House of Representatives. John’s education and business background has made him a natural leader on the House Committee on Financial Services, the House Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Campbell has been a vocal and outspoken critic against earmarks, duplicative spending, and wasteful government expenditures. He has been at the vanguard of efforts to curtail the corrupting practice of earmarks and was the primary author, and the first to sign the Earmark Reform Pledge.
Congressman Campbell has also crusaded on behalf of commonsense measures to provide humane treatment of animals, immigration reform, and government transparency. As an active member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, he has been actively working for immigration reform. In doing so, he has pushed for stronger border enforcement, the prevention of amnesty, punishing illegal ‘sanctuary cities,’ and enhanced and easily accessible worksite enforcement measures for employers.
Campbell has been endorsed by a number of organizations including the Legislative Fund of the Humane Society of the United States, Americans for Tax Reform, the Council for Citizens against Government Waste, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Club for Growth, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He maintains an impressive 91% rating from the American Conservative Union.