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Dave Camp

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 4th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1991
Preceded by Fred Upton

Born July 9, 1953 (1953-07-09) (age 56)
Midland, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Camp
Residence Midland, Michigan
Alma mater Albion College, University of San Diego
Occupation attorney, political assistant
Religion Roman Catholic

David Lee "Dave" Camp (born July 9, 1953), is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, and has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991. He is currently the Ranking Member on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee after being chosen by his party for the position in December 2008.

Camp was born in Midland, Michigan to Norma L. Nehil and Robert D. Camp.[1] He graduated from H.H. Dow High School in 1971. He attended the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, 1973–1974 and earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978.

Camp worked as a member of the Midland County, Michigan board of canvassers and a member of the Midland County Republican executive committee. He also briefly served as a private practice lawyer. He was special assistant Michigan attorney general from 1980 to 1984. He served on the staff of U.S. Representative Bill Schuette of Michigan, 1984–1987. He served one term in the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1989–1990.

In 1990, he was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 10th congressional district to the 102nd Congress. After the 1990 census, the districts were redrawn and Camp's home in Midland wound up in the 4th district. Camp was re-elected from the new 4th district in 1992, serving from January 3, 1993 to the present. He was listed as a rising star within his party during his freshman term in Congress. In the 108th Congress, he served as a deputy majority whip and on the House Ways and Means Committee, a position that he used to advance welfare reform. Time magazine listed Camp's efforts as crucial to the passing of this new policy.

Camp is a member of both the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and the conservative Republican Study Committee, two groups with conflicting positions on policy. For example, the RMSP supports stem cell research and opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, while the RSC opposes stem cell research and supports the FMA. He also received a score of 50 out of 100 from the John Birch Society's "Freedom Index", a Congressional Scorecard.


Election history

In 2008, Camp was challenged by Democratic nominee Andrew Concannon, a Saginaw Township attorney,[2] [3] but he won re-election.

In 2006, Camp had no opponent in the Republican primary election and defeated Democratic candidate Mike Huckleberry, a restaurant owner and also the 2004 nominee, in the general election.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Ways and Means (Ranking Member)
    • As Ranking Member of the full committee, Rep. Camp may serve as an ex officio member of all subcommittees.

Health Care

Camp received almost $1 million from health-related companies in the last two years, according to The Center for Responsive Politics.[4]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Schuette
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
David E. Bonior
Preceded by
Fred Upton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 4th congressional district

1993 – present
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Rosa DeLauro
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
John Boehner


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