Midland, Michigan , United States
|| July 09, 1953
Sep 28, 2011 10:56pm
|Info||Dave Camp represents the people of the 4th Congressional District of Michigan, one of the largest congressional districts land-wise east of the Mississippi, encompassing all or parts of 14 counties in northwest and mid-Michigan. |
First elected to Congress in 1990, Camp is a native of Midland, the largest city in the district (population 40,000). In 2002, the people he serves re-elected him for a seventh term, with 68 percent of the vote.
Camp sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and is a member of its health, trade and human resources subcommittees. The committee is considered one of the most powerful in the House, with jurisdiction over tax, tariff and trade laws, plus health care and Social Security.
This year Camp was appointed by Speaker Dennis Hastert to also serve on the newly created Homeland Security Committee, which is designed to coordinate the efforts between Congress and the federal agencies tasked with protecting our homeland from terrorist attacks. Camp was also selected as chairman of the committee�s Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security.
As a deputy majority whip, Camp helps ensure the Republicans' agenda is passed. Camp managed the successful campaign of Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (IL-16) to become Speaker of the House and had the honor of formally nominating him for the post when the 106th Congress convened in January.
He was reappointed by Hastert as chairman of the Corrections Day Advisory Group for the 108th Congress, a post he held in the 105th, 106th and 107th Congress. The panel of lawmakers culls through federal laws and regulations, looking for arcane or outrageous rules that need to be purged or updated, then recommends them for "correction" on the House floor.
As an attorney in private practice before his first election, Camp worked extensively with parents and children in the foster care system. His experiences in this field gave him the background and insight to introduce landmark adoption legislation in 1996, and led to his reputation as one of the House's leading adoption and foster care proponents and experts.
His legislation, called the Adoption and Safe Families Act, aims to move more children in foster care into permanent adoptive homes. In 2000, he continued that work by gaining enactment of the Intercountry Adoption Act, which designates the State Department to help adoptive parents in dealing with officials in other nations. In 1998 and 2001, the National Council of Adoption inducted him into its Adoption Hall of Fame, and in 2003 he was chosen as co-chair of the Congressional Coalition of Adoption.
In 1996, Camp played a crucial role in the passage of the historic welfare reform legislation. His efforts to focus solely on welfare reform helped break the log-jam on the bill in Congress. Time magazine credited the move as the "decisive breakthrough" that led to the bill's enactment. In the spring of 2002, he again was a key player in passing the reauthorization of welfare reform in the House.
Camp is dedicated to keeping the trust and representing the values of his constituents in mid-Michigan. A fiscal conservative, he has been named a "taxpayer hero" by Citizens Against Government Waste. His voting record has also earned him a perfect score from Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Before his appointment to the Ways and Means Committee in 1994, Camp served on the House Agriculture Committee. He has maintained his ties and commitment to the agricultural community. He received national recognition for his work in 1998 when the American Farm Bureau Federation honored him with its "Golden Plow" award.
The prestigious award is presented annually to one U.S. representative and one U.S. senator for their distinguished agriculture leadership. National Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner cited Camp's work in seeking tax relief for farmers.
Camp was born in Midland, Mich., and graduated from Midland Dow High School. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Albion College in Albion, Mich., and graduated with a J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1978. Before his election to Congress, he served one term as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature.
He and his wife Nancy reside in Midland with their three children.