California (District: 45)
John Bayard Taylor Campbell III (born July 19, 1955) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California%27s_45th_congressional_district">California’s 45th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2005. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party. On June 27, 2013, Campbell announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Elected to represent the 45th Congressional District of California, John Campbell is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Over the last eight years, John has quickly become a leading voice of fiscal conservatism and a recognized champion of economic freedom, lower taxes and the right of the individual.
As both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and small business owner, John is a leader in Congress that champions the need for fiscal restraint and responsible budgetary measures. Above all else, he believes that the enormous debt accrued in this country from out of control spending and exploding deficits is the greatest threat to America’s future security, prosperity and hegemony in the world. The primary author of the Earmark Reform Pledge and an ardent proponent of eliminating “pork barrel” spending, he helped bring about the earmark ban enacted by House Republicans in 2011. This ban continues to exist in the 113th Congress.
John chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. His subcommittee, new to the 113th Congress, considers legislation and conducts oversight of monetary policy, international financial institutions, non-domestic capital markets, international currency, multilateral developmental banks, economic stabilization programs, and domestic banking and payment infrastructure. As a subcommittee chairman, John is a member of the House Financial Services Leadership Team. He is also a member of the Financial Services subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.
Additionally, as a member of the full House Committee on Financial Services, John has taken an active part in addressing the country’s top economic issues, including mortgage lending, corporate governance, banking reform, and insurance regulation. Through the recent economic crisis, he was influential in the responses to the crisis that averted a collapse in our markets and economy. Working to rebuild and strengthen this nation’s economy, he has authored a comprehensive housing finance reform plan and is leading the effort to protect the taxpayer from “too big to fail” financial institutions.
John also serves on the House Committee on the Budget, where he has had a hand in crafting portions of The Roadmap for America’s Future. This plan championed by Congressman Paul Ryan contains a comprehensive proposal to ensure health and retirement security for all Americans, to lift the debt burdens that are mounting due to reckless spending, to reform and simplify the tax code, and to promote jobs and competitiveness in the 21st century global economy. John is also a leading author of the Taxpayer Choice Act, which would make America’s tax system simpler and fairer by providing the opportunity to take advantage of an optional flat tax, in addition to repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
Regularly relied upon for his knowledge, expertise and leadership abilities, John has served on several economic working groups and has been to join the House Republican Policy Committee. As a member of the Policy committee, John joins a handful of Members in creating and driving policy initiatives for House Republican leadership. Likewise, he was a natural choice for the bipartisan and bicameral Joint Economic Committee where he is tasked with monitoring economic conditions and recommending improvements in economic policy.
Often called upon to offer his economic expertise, John appears regularly on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV. His editorial submissions are also featured frequently in print media such as Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, London Daily Telegraph, and The Orange County Register.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy in Malibu, California. For nearly 25 years, John worked in the automotive industry. He spent a majority of his career representing several automobile franchises, including Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Saturn, and Saab.
He began his career in public service as a distinguished member of the California State Assembly and then California State Senate previous to his election to Congress in 2005. John and his childhood sweetheart Catherine have been married for 34 years and are the proud parents of two sons, Taylor and Logan, both of whom graduated from the University of Southern California.
Congressman Campbell represents California’s 45th Congressional District which encompasses Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Villa Park, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, and portions of the cities of Anaheim and Orange.