California State Assembly, 1967-1972; 1975-1976
Scope and Content
Title: William P. (Bill) Campbell Papers
Collection number: LP175:134-166, LP195:124-170, LP332:1-357
William P. Campbell, California Legislator
19 cubic feet
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
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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.
[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
- 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
- Medi-Cal, 1971
- Fire Services, 1976
- *Chair, 1976
- Health Manpower, 1972
- Higher Education, 1970
- *Chair, 1970
- Subcommittee on Bilingual-Bicultural Education Programs, 1976
California State Senate, 1977-1989
- 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
- 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
- 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
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Campbell, William P.