Congressman John Campbell, representing California’s 48th Congressional District (which comprises Irvine and the Concordia University campus), was honored on January 9, 2008 at a special breakfast hosted by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce to celebrate his recognition by the US Chamber of Commerce with their Spirit of Enterprise Award. Congressman Campbell, who serves on Concordia’s President’s Advisory Council, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading fiscal conservative voices for lower taxes, lower spending, and more freedom. He is the author of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which would completely reform the spending process in Washington, DC by limiting the annual growth in spending to the growth in the economy. He is also co-author of an innovative proposal called the Taxpayer Choice Act, which creates a new true flat tax as an optional alternative to the existing tax code while repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
Congressman Campbell is also among the leaders in Congress taking on the issue of illegal immigration. As an active member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, Campbell has introduced numerous pieces of legislation to secure the borders, make English the national language, and punish “Sanctuary Cities”.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Campbell has taken on a leadership role in addressing many of our country’s top issues including mortgage lending, corporate governance, banking reform, and insurance regulation.
Congressman Campbell also serves on the House Budget Committee where he helped create one of the most fiscally conservative budgets in decades and has taken an active role in crafting legislation to abolish some of the most unfair taxes on American families. Additionally, Campbell was an outspoken supporter when the House passed legislative proposals to reform the congressional earmark process and create the Legislative Line Item Veto.
Elected to Congress in a special election in December 2005, Campbell was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 garnering 60% of the vote. Congressman Campbell is a fourth generation Californian, who has lived in Irvine for nearly 30 years and brings with him to Washington a quarter century of experience in the business world and a record of accomplishment in both chambers of the California Legislature.
Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California in Los Angeles and a Masters Degree in business taxation from the University of Southern California.
John serves on numerous community boards, and is a member of Irvine Presbyterian Church where he is a member of the choir. John and his wife, Catherine, have been married for over 26 years and are the proud parents of two sons currently in college.