Scope and Content
Title: Bill Campbell Papers
Collection number: LP458
3 cubic feet
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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[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:
*Vice Chair, 2000
Banking and Finance, 1999 -2000, 2002
*Vice Chair, 2002
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
Appropriations-Infrastructure Finance, 2000
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
Legislative Sunset Review, 1998
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.