Anyway you slice it, Republican Senate candidate Tom Campbell is smart. Even in the Ivy League, he was among the elite of the elite.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, got a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago (his faculty adviser was Milton Friedman) and served as clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He was a tenured professor at Stanford by the age of 34. He also held the title of Dean of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.
Campbell says he was born into a Democratic family, but became a Republican during his college years.
Campbell used all that education to land a job in the White House. He served in the Reagan administration and then at the Federal Trade Commission.
He also served as a member of Congress for five terms, representing the South Bay. Campbell lived in the city of Campbell when he was first elected to congress. He held the 12th Congressional seat for two terms and then later held the 15th district for three terms, after Norman Mineta resigned.
He then made a failed attempt for U.S. Senate, losing handily to Dianne Feinstein.
Campbell is a moderate Republican. He is conservative on fiscal issues and considered liberal on social issues like gay marriage and abortion.
For most of last year, political observers thought Campbell would run for governor. But in January, he announced that he would run for Senate, facing Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary (and Sen. Barbara Boxer in November, should he make it that far). The move surprised most, but polls show Campbell is competitive against Fiorina.
Campbell has been married to wife Susanne for more than 30 years. On one of his election Websites he lists his claim to fame as attending the opening game of the World Series between the Dodgers and the White Sox in 1959.