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CHRIS CAMPBELL

Democratic Birth Date: 12/12/63

Indiana House District 26 centers on West Lafayette, and unlike other college towns around the state, it has an electorate that tends to favor Republicans almost as often as it does Democrats. It’s flipped from one party to the other four times in the past 40 years. In 2018 – a year in which national trends were favoring their party and the Republican incumbent was in her first term – Democrats didn’t have a candidate in the primary. Christine Campbell, a Purdue audiologist who had served on West Lafayette city boards, came forward and was placed on the general election ballot ahead of the June 30 deadline. What ensued was one of the state’s most heavily funded – $248,000 from Republicans, $132,000 from Democrats – and hard-fought campaigns.

Despite the late start and funding disadvantage, Campbell wound up winning, with 56% of the vote, one of three House seats that Democrats flipped; they needed four to break the supermajority that Republicans have held since 2012. In her first two sessions, she authored bills that hewed to a progressive agenda – a sales tax holiday for school supplies, repeal of right to work, enhanced sentencing for hate crimes with explicit mention of sexual orientation and gender identity, for example – and stood little chance of passage due to Republicans’ continuing 2-to-1 control of the chamber. Indeed, none made it out of committee.

Campbell took the lead in a bipartisan effort by the Lafayette-area delegation to fight the Holcomb administration-backed elimination of Amtrak’s Hoosier State line between Indianapolis and Chicago. The train made four stops a week in Lafayette. Federal funding for it stopped in 2015, and Republicans contended it wasn’t worth the $3 million the state contributed annually to keep it running, noting that ridership had declined 18% during that time. Campbell’s floor amendment to restore the funding in the biennial budget bill was defeated but drew three Republican votes. The train stopped running in June 2019.

District 26 was a mix of Clinton and Trump precincts in 2016. It had been represented by Republicans for a decade before Campbell’s arrival, but they did not field a candidate in the 2020 primary, leaving Campbell unopposed for reelection to a second term. – Kevin Morgan

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9842
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_christine_campbell_1

EDUCATION

  • Master's, Audiology, Purdue University, 1990-1992
  • Bachelor's, Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology, Purdue University, 1987-1990

COMMITTEES

Government and Regulatory Reform, Insurance, Ways and Means.

KEY VOTES

SB 198-2019 (Sentencing, bias crimes). Allowed longer sentences in crimes based on personal characteristics, stripped of references to sexual orientation, gender identity and race. Excused

SB 516-2019 (Regulation of hemp). Allowed cultivation and regulation of hemp products in Indiana, did not change marijuana laws. Yes

HB 1001-2019 (State budget). Set funding for state agencies and services, including 2.5% annual increases for education, though not directly for teacher salaries. No

HB 1004-2019 (School safety). Increased access to funding for security systems and resource officers, was stripped of provisions for mental health screening. Yes

HB 1015-2019 (Various gaming matters). Allowed sports betting statewide and table games in more casinos, relocated a casino in Gary and authorizing a new one in Terre Haute. Yes

SB 1-2020 (Tobacco and vaping). Raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco or vaping products in Indiana. Yes

SB 148-2020 (Zoning and housing matters). Was amended to overrule local tenant protection measures like those in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville. Vetoed by governor. No

HB 1004-2020 (Health matters). Controlled surprise billing for out-of-network and other costs. No

HB 1070-2020 (Distracted driving). Made it an infraction to handle a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Yes

HB 1414-2020 (Electric generation). Prohibited utilities from closing coal-fired generating plants without permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. No

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

ActBlue, $5,182.52

Electrical Workers Local 668, $2,000

Tippecanoe Building & Construction Trades Council, $1,000

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, $1,000

Wind & Spirits Distributors of Indiana, $534.10

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 22
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 22
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 57
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 57
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 100
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 100
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 100

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Audiologist.

DISTRICT

Population: 65,037

Race/Ethnic Origin: 87.4% white, 7.5% black, 1.4% Asian, 1.1% other, 2.7% two or more; 86.2% white non-Hispanic, 2% Hispanic.