Larry Campbell (Oregon politician)

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Larry Campbell
Oregon State Representative
In office
Constituency Lane County
58th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Vera Katz
Succeeded by Beverly Clarno
Personal details
Born (1931-07-31) July 31, 1931 (age 87)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karlyn Mattson
Profession politician

Larry L. Campbell (born July 31, 1931)[1] a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oregon, served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives in the early 1990s, representing Eugene.

Early years[edit]

Larry Campbell began his career in the army and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class. Campbell served as the Republican leader from 1982-1990. Campbell is credited with engineering his party's 1990 takeover of the state legislature, which lasted 16 years.[2]

Lobbying career[edit]

He began working as a lobbyist in 1995,[3] immediately after the end of his legislative term. He was criticized for pre-filing a bill that benefited a client, with whom he had signed a contract while still a legislator.[4]

In 1999, he was considered the most powerful man in Salem.[3] He started the Oregon Victory PAC, which quickly became the biggest lobbying group in the state outside the major parties;[3] it contributed over $750,000 to Oregon politicians in the 1990s.[5] He drew criticism for campaigning on behalf of Republican control of the legislature during the 2007 legislative session.


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  2. ^ Esteve, Harry (April 20, 2007). "Campaigning is fine, just not in session". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Wentz, Patty (February 24, 1999). "There's Something About Larry". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ Mapes, Jeff (February 26, 1995). "The revolving door might hit lawmakers on the way out". The Oregonian. 
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