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November 23, 2014

John Campbell to Retire From House #CA45

Five-term Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., announced on Thursday that he will retire at the end of his term, citing a desire to start a new chapter in his life after 14 years in elected office.

“At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics. I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician,” Campbell said in a statement. “I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life.”

Campbell was first elected to Congress in a 2005 special election to replace former Rep. Christopher Cox, a Republican, who resigned to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Campbell spent five years in the California legislature as both a state representative and later a state senator.

Campbell’s retirement will leave an open seat in one of the few Republican-leaning districts in California. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 55 percent in 2012.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., praised Campbell’s service.

“John has been a dedicated and determined representative for the people of California’s 45th District for almost a decade, and has always ensured that the voices of his constituents are heard in the halls of Congress,” Walden said in a statement.

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this a safe Republican seat.

  • Augustine25

    It would be nice for Roll Call to report the entire story on Rep. Campbell. For example, a conservative Republican primary challenger, John Webb, denied Campbell the support and endorsement of the local OC GOP during the primaries last time. One of Webb’s best arguments is that Campbell did not really represent the interests of his conservative district. I think an explanation of the roll Webb played two years ago is needed to really understand what is going on with Rep. Campbell’s decision.

  • martinjade64

    I heard Cambell’s interview, he had said something about “the government becoming ‘self-aware’ , and creating legislation for its own preservation”, and that this was something that was going to be too difficult to overcome…be your own judge. I do wonder why that portion of his comment was not included here.

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