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Ben Nighthorse CAMPBELL

(1933- )
Senate Years of Service:
1993-2005
Party:
Democrat; Republican

CAMPBELL, Ben Nighthorse, a Representative and a Senator from Colorado; born in Auburn, Calif., April 13, 1933; attended public schools; B.A., California State University at San Jose 1957; attended Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan 1960-1964; served in U.S. Air Force in Korea 1951-1954; represented the United States in 1964 Olympic Games (judo) at Tokyo, Japan; jewelry designer; rancher; served in Colorado State Legislature 1983-1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1987-January 3, 1993); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1992, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1992; reelected in 1998 and served from January 3, 1993, to January 3, 2005; changed from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1995; chair, Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001] One Hundred Eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 2004.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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