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Tom Campbell, JD, PhD Biography

Former US Congressman (R-CA)
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"

“[The] right decision, in my view, is to allow same-sex marriage in California. Republicans believe deeply that government should be limited. Government has no business making distinctions between people based on their personal lives. That’s why, as a Californian and a Republican who has held elective office at the federal and state levels, I will be voting No on Proposition 8…
If two people want to make their relationship more stable, and commit more deeply to each other, that can only be good for California. That’s true whether the couple is gay or straight…

Republicans also care about jobs; and as a business proposition, it makes no sense to support Prop. 8. Discrimination at any level is bad for business. California has always made itself stronger by welcoming, not excluding, people who want to work hard and build better futures for themselves and their communities. What kind of a message does it send to workers, of any background, that we are willing to codify discrimination into our state constitution?

Gay couples are asking for a chance to play by the rules. We can give them that chance. For those of us who are proud of our party’s and our state’s reputation for fairness and against discrimination, our choice is very clear: No on Proposition 8.”

[Editor’s Note: In a Mar. 18, 2011 email to, Tom Campbell requested that we point out that the above article was written before he joined the faculty at Chapman University and that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the universiy or law school]

“Ending Marriage Discrimination in California: Why Republicans Should Vote No on Prop 8,”, Oct. 24, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1993, 1995-2001
  • Dean, Chapman University School of Law, 2011-present
  • Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chapman University School of Law, 2010-2011
  • Presidential Fellow, Chapman University School of Law, 2009-2010
  • Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, 2002-2008
  • California State Senator, 1993-1995
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1993, 1995-2001
  • Professor, Law, Stanford University, 1983-2002
  • Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 1981-1983
  • White House Fellow, Chief of Staff and Counsel, 1980-1981
  • Law Clerk, US Supreme Court Justice Byron White, 1977-1978
  • Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon, 1976
  • Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review, 1976
  • Former Executive Assistant, Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice
  • PhD, Economics, University of Chicago, 1980
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1976
  • BA, MA, University of Chicago, 1973
  • Since 2001, Tom Campbell and his wife Susanne have taught in Africa as volunteers on seven separate occasions
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?