Inventory of the William P. (Bill) Campbell Papers

Processed by Archives Staff and Rebecca L. Wendt
California State Archives
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Inventory of the William P. (Bill) Campbell Papers

Collection number: LP175:134-166, LP195:124-170, LP332:1-357

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Archives Staff and Rebecca L. Wendt
Date Completed:
May 2002
Encoded by:
Lisa DeHope
© 2002 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William P. (Bill) Campbell Papers
Dates: 1967-1989
Collection number: LP175:134-166, LP195:124-170, LP332:1-357
Creator: William P. Campbell, California Legislator
Collection Size: 19 cubic feet
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Abstract: William P. (Bill) Campbell, Republican, was a State Assembly Member, 1967-1972 and 1975-1976, and a State Senator, 1977-1989. The William P. Campbell Papers consist of 19 cubic feet of records reflecting his activities during his time in the legislature. Campbell's main interests were in lowering taxes and state spending, and in "sunset" legislation.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William P. Campbell Papers, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

Acquisition and Custodial History

The California State Archives received the William P. Campbell Papers over a number of years and archives staff arranged them at various times. Therefore, the physical arrangement of the records does not necessarily follow the inventory's order.


William P. (Bill) Campbell, Republican, was a State Assembly Member, 1967-1972 and 1975-1976, and a State Senator, 1977-1989. He represented cities within Los Angeles County in the 50th Assembly District and, after his reelection, in the 64th Assembly District. He continued to represent communities in Los Angeles County in the 33rd Senate District. After 1985 reapportionment, he represented parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties in the 31st Senate District.
Campbell was born in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania in 1935. He attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Columbia University in New York and served in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army. Before entering politics he made his living as a school administrator. Campbell married Margene Taylor with whom he had three daughters: Kimberly Ann, Michelle Lynn, and Stephanie Jo.
In addition to politics, Bill Campbell was also a member of the American Cancer Society, a Kiwanis member, and a La Puente-Industry Chamber of Commerce member. He was a charter member of the Southern California Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association and Chair of the Board of Directors La Puente-City of Industry United Way.
Bill Campbell initially ran for a seat in the State Assembly in 1964 but was not elected until his second attempt in 1966. He served in the Assembly through 1972 when he resigned to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Unsuccessful in his bid and without an Assembly seat to return to, he worked first as an executive with prepaid health plan firms and then as a lobbyist. He returned to the Assembly (although in a different district) in the 1974 election and served through 1976 when he was elected to the Senate. He was the first freshman Senator to be elected to the Senate Rules Committee since 1939 and served as Senate Minority Floor Leader, 1978-1983. Campbell's main interests were in lowering taxes and state spending, and in "sunset" legislation. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for State Controller in 1986. According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), Campbell served on the following committees:

California State Assembly, 1967-1972; 1975-1976

  • Standing Committees
  • Commerce and Public Utilities, 1971-1972
  • Education, 1967-1970; 1975-1976
  • Finance and Insurance, 1971-1972
  • Governmental Organization, 1970-1972; 1975-1976
  • Health, 1971-1972
  • *Chair, 1971-1972
  • Health and Welfare, 1969-1970
  • Housing and Community Development, 1975-1976
  • Municipal and County Government, 1967-1968
  • Public Utilities and Corporations, 1967-1968
  • Urban Affairs and Housing, 1969
  • *Vice Chair, 1969
  • Utilities and Commerce, 1993-1994
  • Ways and Means, 1993-1994
  • Subcommittees
  • Medi-Cal, 1971
  • Select Committees
  • Fire Services, 1976
  • *Chair, 1976
  • Health Manpower, 1972
  • Joint Committees
  • Higher Education, 1970
  • *Chair, 1970
  • Special Committees
  • Subcommittee on Bilingual-Bicultural Education Programs, 1976

California State Senate, 1977-1989

  • Standing Committees
  • Appropriations, 1985-1989
  • Bonded Indebtedness and Methods of Financing, 1989
  • Education, 1977-1980
  • *Vice Chair, 1977-1978
  • Elections and Reapportionment, 1980-1982
  • Finance, 1979-1984
  • Governmental Organization, 1977-1989
  • *Vice Chair, 1981-1989
  • Health and Human Services, 1985-1989
  • Health and Welfare, 1977-1984
  • Industrial Relations, 1987-1989
  • *Vice Chair, 1987-1989
  • Local Government, 1985-1986
  • Rules, 1977-1978
  • Select Committees
  • Business Development, 1984-1989
  • *Chair, 1984-1989
  • Fire Services, 1979-1981
  • *Chair, 1980-1981
  • Fish and Game Wildlife, 1980
  • Nutritional and Environmental Influences Upon Human Health, 1982-1984
  • Public Transportation Problems in L.A., 1980
  • Joint Committees
  • Fire, Police, Emergency and Disaster Services, 1982-1989
  • *Chair, 1982-1989
  • Legislative Budget, 1982; 1984-1989
  • *Chair, 1987-1989
Senator Campbell resigned from the legislature on December 15, 1989 to assume the presidency of the California Manufacturers Association (CMA), a lobbying and trade group. He retired from the CMA in 1998.

Scope and Content

The William P. Campbell Papers consist of 19 cubic feet of records reflecting Campbell's activities during his time as both an Assembly Member and a Senator. The records contain Assembly and Senate bill files, 1975-1989; subject files, 1967-1989; correspondence, 1975-1989; newsletters, 1968-1988; press releases, 1975-1980; opinions, 1975-1989; proposed legislation, 1979-1989; and resolutions, 1979-1989.
The bill files in the collection document Campbell's activity during the latter period of his service in the California State Legislature (bill files for 1967-1972 were not transferred to the Archives). Bills introduced by Campbell cover a wide array of subjects including tax cuts, election reform, and freedom of choice in medical treatment. Subject files include background information for possible legislation and focus on such topics as state-agency oversight ("sunset" legislation), education, and the Peripheral Canal. Newsletters and press releases give a snapshot view of constituents' issues, highlight Campbell's concerns, and document his efforts to address such issues. Opinions are from either the Attorney General or Legislative Counsel in response to Campbell's queries on behalf of constituents or his own contemplated legislation. These files, together with the proposed legislation files, clearly illustrate the foundations of the legislative process. Resolutions, authored or co-authored by Campbell, honor individuals for commendable service or commemorate events or individuals and can be a source of genealogical information.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Campbell, William P.
Elections California

LP175:134-166; LP195:159-169; LP332:1-196

Series 1 Bill Files 1975-1989

Physical Description: 240 file folders


Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and alphabetically and numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files created by William Campbell may include bill analyses, amendments, conflict statements, correspondence, position statements, author's statements, press releases, newspaper clippings, background information, and reports. Of particular interest to researchers are those bills pertaining to tax reform, the battle for the legalization of the controversial cancer drug, Laetrile (Amygdalin), and attempts to increase voter turnout through adding "none of the above" to the ballot or changing California's Primary date.
Bill files for his first years in Assembly were not transferred to the California State Archives.
1975-1976: AB591-AB4202;ACA80; AB14XX-AB21XX (11ff) LP195:159-169
1977-1978: SB62-SB2229; SCAs; SCRs; SR52 (37ff) LP175:134-166, LP332:1-4
1979-1980: SB29-SB2036; SCR26-SCR49; SJR2; SR10; SR34 (33ff) LP332:5-37; AB21; AB60; AB1128; ACR45; AJR7; AJR38 (1ff) LP332:38
1981-1982: SB19-SB2098; SCA6; SCR15; SCR48; SJR12-SJR66 (23ff) LP332: 39-61
1983-1984: SB22-SB2292; SCA25; SCR14; SCR95; SJR55 (23ff) LP332:62-84
1985-1986: SB5-SB2581; SCR32; SCR58; SJR5 (37ff, 1 audiotape) LP332:85-121; AB2536; AB2905 (1ff) LP332:122
1987-1988: SB305-SB2731; SCA13; SCA25; SCR39-SCR89; SB5X; SB8X (50ff, 1 audiotape) LP332:123-172
1989-1990: SB27-SB1672; SCA7; SCA10; SCR29; SCR44; SJR9-SJR39; SB7X-SB40X (24ff) LP332:173-196
LP195:124-158; LP332:197-249

Series 2 Subject Files 1967-1989

Physical Description: 88 file folders


Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files created by William Campbell may contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, speeches, opinions, and background materials. They relate to the general areas of proposed and pending legislation, community activities, and district affairs.
See Appendix A in the Master Finding Aid for a complete list of subject file headings.

Series 3 Correspondence 1975-1989

Physical Description: 60 file folders


Correspondence is arranged by type then chronologically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence files include letters written by either William Campbell or his staff, particularly Chief of Staff Jerry Haleva. Mostly outgoing letters, both personal and business, are included.
Rules Committee Correspondence, 1976-1985 (2ff) LP332:250-251
Personal Correspondence, 1975-1985 (3ff) LP332:252-254
Chronological Files, 1984-1989 (52ff) LP332:255-306
Staff Memos, 1986-1988 (1ff) LP332:307
Congratulatory Letters, 1987-1989 (1ff) LP332:308
Thank You Letters, 1986-1989 (1ff) LP332:309
"Loony" Letters, (1ff) LP332:310

Series 4 Newsletters 1968-1988

Physical Description: 1 file folder


Newsletters are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Each newsletter sent out by Campbell contains a brief article on what he considered to be important issues of the time. The bulk is from the 1979-1980 session, although some newsletters are from his earlier legislative service.
LP195:170; LP332:312

Series 5 Press Releases 1975-1980

Physical Description: 2 file folders


Press releases are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Press releases, prepared by Campbell's staff, emphasize Campbell's opinions on current events, his response to legislation, and the status of bills that he sponsored.
Press Releases, 1975-1976 LP195:170
Press Releases, 1979-1980 LP332:312

Series 6 Opinions 1975-1989

Physical Description: 6 file folders


Opinions are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Attorney General and Legislative Counsel Opinions were written in response to questions from Campbell. These may regard constituent questions or background information for Campbell's contemplated legislation.
Attorney Generals Opinions, 1975-1989 (1ff) LP332:313
Legislative Counsel Opinions, 1979-1989 (5ff) LP332:314-318

Series 7 Proposed Legislation 1979-1989

Physical Description: 6 file folders


Proposed legislation is arranged chronologically by legislative session.

Scope and Content Note

Proposed legislation files include ideas generated by Campbell, his staff, and his constituents that were not fully developed for the legislative process. The distinction between these files and carried legislation should be maintained.
Bills not introduced, 1979-1989 (6ff) LP332:319-324

Series 8 Resolutions 1979-1989

Physical Description: 33 file folders


Resolutions are arranged chronologically by legislative session.

Scope and Content Note

Resolutions written or supported by William Campbell include: Member's Resolutions (MRs), Joint Rules Committee Resolutions (JRCRs), and Senate Rules Committee Resolutions (SRCRs).
JRCRs; MRs; SRCRs, 1979-1980 (2ff) LP332:325-326
JRCRs, 1981-1982 (1ff) LP332:327
JRCRs; MRs; SRCRs, 1983-1984 (5ff) LP332:328-332
JRCRs; MRs; SRCRs, 1985-1986 (9ff) LP332:333-341
JRCRs; MRs; SRCRs, 1987-1988 (10ff) LP332:342-351
JRCRs; MRs; SRCRs, 1989 (6ff) LP332:352-357