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John B. T. Campbell III

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 48th district
Assumed office 
December 6, 2005
Preceded by Chris Cox

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

Born July 19, 1955 (1955-07-19) (age 54)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Campbell
Children John Bayard Taylor Campbell IV
Logan Campbell
Residence Shady Canyon (Irvine, California)
Alma mater UCLA
University of Southern California
Occupation accountant, automobile dealer, politician
Religion Presbyterian

John Bayard Taylor Campbell III (born July 19, 1955) is a Republican U.S. politician who is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California's 48th Congressional District.


Early life

Born in Los Angeles, California, Campbell graduated high school from the Harvard School in 1972 and earned his B.A. in Economics from UCLA in 1976 and his M.S. in Business Taxation from USC in 1977. After receiving his Master's degree, Campbell became a CPA and joined Ernst & Young as a tax accountant.

Business career

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.

Legislative career

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 garnered only 30% of the vote. In the general election, Campbell won 64% of the vote.

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.

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.[1]

In 2009, several watchdog groups accused Rep. Campbell of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from used car dealers, and then introducing legislation exempting them from consumer protection laws.[2][3][4]


After Congressman Chris 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. 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, he was re-elected to his third term with 55.7% of the vote.

Committee Assignments


Party leadership and Caucus membership

  • Chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force of the Republican Study Committee


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Political offices
Preceded by
Marilyn Brewer
California State Assemblyman
70th District
Succeeded by
Chuck DeVore
Preceded by
Ross Johnson
California State Senator
35th District
Succeeded by
Tom Harman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chris Cox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 48th congressional district

December 7, 2005 – present


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