Tom Campbell's Biography

Update: Tom Campbell will drop out of the gubernatorial race on January 14, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Tom Campbell -- law professor and former business school dean, member of Congress, and Reagan administration official -- is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of California.

In his 11 years in elective office as a state legislator and member of Congress, Campbell established a record of being socially moderate and fiscally conservative. First elected to Congress in 1988, he served parts of five terms in Congress representing two Silicon Valley districts, from 1989-1992 and again from 1996-2000.

His score in the national LCV Scorecard fell each year during each of his two stints in Congress, from a high of 100% (in 1989 and 1990) to a low of 14% (in 2000), leaving him with a lifetime score of 65%.

In his last run for federal office, Campbell ran unsuccessfully against Senator Diane Feinstein as the 2000 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. The National Taxpayers Union Foundation named Campbell the “most frugal” member of the 102nd Congress. Campbell was elected in a 1993 special election to the California State Senate; in his two years as a state senator, he averaged 42.5% in the CLCV Scorecard.

He has served since 2004 on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisors and was Director of Finance in the Schwarzenegger administration in 2004-05. Campbell, 57, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. From 1980-1981, Campbell was a White House Fellow in the Office of the Chief of Staff. He then served in the Reagan Administration as Director of the Bureau of Competition, at the Federal Trade Commission from 1981 to 1983.

In 1983, Campbell became a professor at Stanford Law School. In 2002, Campbell was appointed Dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he stayed until 2009. In 2009, Tom joined the Chapman University School of Law in Orange County as the inaugural Presidential Fellow and Visiting Professor of Law. He also serves as an economic advisor to the international law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.