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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bill Campbell Papers
    Dates: 1997-2002
    Collection number: LP458
    Creator: Campbell, Bill
    Collection Size: 3 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Bill Campbell Papers consist of 3 cubic feet of textual records that reflect Campbell's legislative activities during his six-year career in the Assembly.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bill Campbell Papers, LP458:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.


    Bill Campbell, Republican, was a State Assembly Member, 1997-2002. He represented the 71st Assembly District, which at the time included the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Orange, Villa Park, and parts of Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana, Tustin, and San Juan Capistrano.
    Campbell was born on April 8, 1942 in Los Angeles and was raised in Pico Rivera. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Loyola Marymount University in 1965 and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1967. Prior to his election, Campbell worked in the aerospace industry and then in 1977 he formed the BIMA Corporation, which is a franchisee of the Taco Bell Corporation. His wife, Mary Catherine, served as BIMA's president during Campbell's term in the Assembly. Bill and Mary Catherine have three adult sons named Patrick, Chris, and Brian.
    In 1996, five conservative Republicans ran for the 71st district seat. Campbell was elected in November after edging out former Orange mayor, Jim Beam, in the primary election. As an Assembly Member, Campbell had thirty-two bills signed into law, including the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Manufacturers' Investment Tax Credit. Additionally, Campbell pushed to make California more business-friendly through lowering the capital gains tax. During his term in the Legislature, Bill Campbell was also a member of the following committees:
    Standing Committees
    Appropriations, 1999-2000
    *Vice Chair, 2000
    Banking and Finance, 1999 -2000, 2002
    *Vice Chair, 2002
    Budget, 1997
    Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency and Economic Development, 1997
    Education 1997- 2000
    *Vice Chair, 1999
    Elections, Reappointment, and Constitutional Amendments, 2002
    Energy Costs and Availability, 2002
    Utilities and Commerce, 1997- 2000, 2002
    *Vice Chair, 1998
    Sub Committees
    Appropriations-Infrastructure Finance, 2000
    Select Committees
    Aging, 1998
    California's Children, 2000
    Defense Conversion, 1998
    Education Technology, 2000
    Exposition Park, 1998, 2000, 2002
    Municipal Finance Reform, 2000
    Professional Sports, 1998
    School Facilities Finance, 2000
    Welfare Reform Implementation, 1998
    Joint Committees
    Legislative Sunset Review, 1998
    Rules, 2001
    Special Committees
    Legislative Ethics, 1998

    Scope and Content

    The Bill Campbell Papers consist of 3 cubic feet of textual records that reflect Campbell's legislative activities during his six-year career in the Assembly. The records are comprised entirely of Bill Files (1997-2002). The Bill Files include legislation that was introduced by Campbell and consist of a wide array of subjects including welfare reform, tax reform, public parks, and food safety.


    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Budget --California