Bill Campbell was first elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Third District, in January 2003 with an overwhelming margin of victory, nearly 75 percent of the vote. After serving the remainder of a vacated term, he was elected to his first, full term in March 2004 and a second term in March 2008. The Third District includes the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda, as well as the unincorporated areas of North Tustin, Orange Park Acres and Orange County’s canyon communities.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pico Rivera, Supervisor Campbell is a proud southern Californian. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Loyola Marymount University, and he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
Supervisor Campbell is a member of the Orange County chapter of Legatus, a Catholic organization for business professionals. He is a former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, where he served on the International Board of Directors. He is also a member of the alumni associations of both of his almae matres and has served on the Board of Directors of the Loyola Alumni Association.
Supervisor Campbell served in the California Legislature as an Assembly Member from 1996 to 2002. He served as Assembly Minority Leader, Vice Chairman of the prestigious Committee on Appropriations and was a member of the Banking and Finance Committee, the Education Committee, and the Utilities and Commerce Committee.
While in the California State Assembly and as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Campbell worked to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Orange County through the preservation and development of recreational, cultural, educational and historical assets that will be a legacy left to future generations. He has sought to protect Orange County’s natural resources through proposals such as Assembly Bill 1969 which protected Orange County’s coastal resources by requiring an increased standard of treatment for wastewater.
Supervisor Campbell was first elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors by his colleagues in January 2005 and for a second term as Chairman of the Board in January 2006. He was most recently elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors by his colleagues in January 2011.
In addition to his duties at the County’s Hall of Administration, he is Chairman of the Orange County Children and Families Commission, and serves as a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority, the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority, the Library Advisory Board, the Orange County Housing Authority, the South Orange County Public Financing Authority, the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Advisory Group, the Audit Oversight Committee, the Emergency Management Council, the One Water, One Watershed Steering Committee, the Orange County Operational Area Executive Board, the Southern California Water Committee, and both the San Joaquin and Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor agencies. Additionally, he is an alternate member of the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission.
Supervisor Campbell and his wife, Mary, reside in Villa Park, where they have lived for over 35 years. They have three grown sons, Patrick, Chris and Brian, and four grandchildren. Prior to his service in elected office, he was a successful businessman most recently in the fast food business and earlier in his career in the aerospace industry.