Tom Campbell (California politician)

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This article refers to the California politician and former U.S. House member. For others named Thomas Campbell, see Tom Campbell

Thomas J. (Tom) Campbell (b. August 14, 1952) returned as dean of the Haas School of Business and a professor of business administration at the University of California, Berkeley after a leave of absence to serve as the Director of Finance for the State of California in 2004 and 2005. He previously served five nonconsecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

Early life

Born in Chicago, Campbell obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago (1973) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1976). He returned to the University of Chicago to earn a Ph.D. in economics in 1980. His mentor was Milton Friedman. He was raised in a Democratic family, but became a Republican during college.

Campbell was admitted to the bar in 1976 and went into private practice in Chicago. He was a White House Fellow in the office of the chief of staff and White House counsel (1980–1981). He then served as director of the Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission (1981–1983).

Law professor

Campbell became a law professor at Stanford University in 1983, becoming the youngest professor ever awarded tenure at Stanford. He took a leave of absence in 1988 to run for the Republican nomination in California's 12th Congressional District, which included his home in Campbell, just outside San Jose. He won and served two terms before making an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Alan Cranston. He won a special election for the California State Senate in 1993 and served there until 1995.

Congressional career

In 1995, 15th District Congressman Norman Mineta unexpectedly resigned. Campbell's home had been redrawn into this San Jose-based district, and he ran in the special election. Mineta had held the seat since 1975, and it was widely considered a safe Democratic district. Campbell won the October special election by a large margin. He won a full term almost as easily in 1996 and was handily re-elected in 1998.

Campbell was one of the most socially liberal Republicans in Congress. He was pro-choice on abortion and was strongly supportive of gun control and gay rights. He was also a vehement opponent of the war on drugs. He favored privatizing Social Security and allowing local governments to issue vouchers for private schools.

He voted for two of the four articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton shortly after being reelected in 1998. During the impeachment debate, Campbell suggested that Clinton's misleading statements about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky had incapacitated him from serving as president.

Campbell led a group of 17 bipartisan members of Congress who filed a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton in 1999 over his conduct of the war in Kosovo. In the filing, they accused Clinton of not reporting to Congress within 48 hours on the status of the action as required by the 1973 War Powers Resolution and not first obtaining a declaration of war from Congress as required in the Constitution. Congress had voted 427 to 2 against a declaration of war with Yugoslavia and had voted to deny support for the air campaign. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that since Congress had voted for funding after the U.S. was actively engaged in the war with Kosovo, legislators had sent a confusing message about whether they approved of the war. Campbell said afterwards that this was a sidestepping of the law, and lawmakers who disagree with a war should not be forced to cut off funding for troops who are in the midst of it in order to get a judge to order an end to it.[1]

In 2000, Campbell won the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Campbell was badly defeated, losing by over 19 points. He then returned to Stanford, serving there until his appointment at the Haas School in 2002.

Dean of Haas School

As Dean of the Haas School, Campbell stressed the study of corporate social responsibility and business ethics amid an era of corporate scandals. A full-fledged Center for Responsible Business was established. In September 2004, Campbell was named by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to his newly formed Council of Economic Advisors.

From 2004 to 2005 Campbell took a leave of absence from his Berkeley post to serve as director of the California Department of Finance in the Schwarzenegger administration, but has since returned to lead the Haas School of Business.

On Aug 27th, 2007, Campbell announced that he would step down from his position in Summer of 2008.[1]

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  1. Ron Paul's Congressional office (06-09). Judge sides with Clinton. U.S. House of Representatives homepage. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.

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