Terry Campo -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Terry T. Campo

Terry T. Campo is the President of The Campo Group, Ltd., a Springfield, Illinois-based political consulting and research firm he founded upon leaving government service in 1988.  The Campo Group and its predecessor firm have conducted political and opposition research concentrated on Congressional and State Legislative records since the late 1970s.  Campo also maintains a law practice where political research includes accessing other government records, including those produced by the State and Defense Departments, using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The Law Offices of Terry T. Campo in Washington, D.C. is concentrated in the area of energy, environment and transportation regulations, in addition to government ethics and Political Law.   

Campo has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia and the State of Illinois.  In his appellate law practice, he authored the brief of Americans for Tax Reform and the Illinois Alliance for Growth in U.S. Supreme Court proceedings involving property rights and the authority of state governments to tax one class of businesses to subsidize another.  The factual underpinnings of the case formed one of the grounds for the Impeachment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, prior to his conviction on criminal charges.    

Campo’s election law practiced was featured in a NEW YORK TIMES profile of the 2010 Alaska U.S. Senate race where he represented the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC).  In addition to the Senatorial Committee, Campo has been part of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) post-election legal teams and represented Presidential and local candidates in election law litigation since 1995.  In 1996, Campo represented Presidential candidate Steve Forbes in election law challenges.  Campo has served as a lawyer for the RNC in three Presidential campaigns, and for the McCain and Romney campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Campo served as Vice President of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) prior to becoming a parliamentary consultant to the Republican National Committee.  In that latter capacity, Campo was the Parliamentarian at fully one-half of all state GOP conventions where national delegates were selected in 2012.  Later that year, Campo was unanimously-elected Parliamentarian for the Rules Committee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Campo continues to serve as President of the YR Alumni Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational foundation  uniting more than 100,000 former members of Young Republican to fund leadership training scholarships honoring its deceased leaders.  He is also a founding Director and General Counsel of the Mid-Atlantic Freedom and Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and maintaining the papers and historically significant buildings on Whittaker Chambers’ beloved Pipe Creek Farm as a National Historic Landmark.   In addition, Campo was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Policy Institute for its first ten years upon its 2002 founding, and previously served as its Treasurer and Vice Chairman.  He now serves as the Corporate Liaison for the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.

During the 1980s, Campo held several positions in the Reagan Administration and in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Presidential Transition Team and Campaigns.  He completed government service as the General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for the independent federal agency, ACTION, as well as being its White House Liaison and Representative to the President's Council on Private Sector Initiatives.

Prior to becoming General Counsel of the independent agency, Campo served as the Special Assistant and chief of staff for the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy during President Reagan’s second term, where he was involved in all matters of law and public policy concerning energy.  From 1983 to 1985, Campo served as a Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where his principal client was Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), whom he advised on all matters related to anti-trust, Constitutional law, Civil Rights, as well as National Security and Terrorism.  Campo later served as the General Counsel to the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, prior to joining the Reagan Administration.

Campo resigned from the Reagan Administration in 1988 to become Deputy Director of Election Day Activities for the Republican National Committee, where he organized Election Day operations nationwide prior to assuming day-to-day management of operations in Illinois, Louisiana and all states west of the Mississippi River.  He held similar regional responsibilities in the 1984 campaign.  Prior to law school, Campo directed Illinois Reagan Delegate campaigns in 1980 and was Governor Reagan’s youth director for Illinois as a 17 year-old college student. Following George H. W. Bush’s election in 1988, Campo joined the President’s Transition Team as a Deputy Director in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Campo chose not to join the Bush (41) Administration, and entered the private practice of law. 

While in the private practice of law, Campo was unanimously elected National Chairman of the Young Republicans in 1989.  Campo had previously served as the organization’s General Counsel and earlier as well as National Committeeman for Illinois, as well as holding other state and local offices in Young Republicans from his hometown of Sangamon County, Illinois.   

Campo served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Young Republican National Federation from 1989 to 1991, where he led the organization into training of young political leaders from the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and Latin America.  At the end of his term as Young Republican Chairman, Campo organized a White House Conference founding the youth division of the International Young Democrat(ic) Union, to expand the training of young political leaders, and served as its founding Treasurer. 

In 1991, Campo left Washington to return to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois to practice law and seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly-redrawn 20th Congressional District seat then held by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.  Campo ran again in 1994, winning the endorsements of the St. Louis POST-DISPATCH, Chicago TRIBUNE. 

After the 1994 campaign, Campo practiced law in Springfield full-time, Campo represented clients in litigation before the Illinois EPA, the Sangamon County (Illinois) Circuit Court and the Illinois Court of Appeals.  While practicing law in Illinois, Campo remained politically active through his consulting business, The Campo Group, Ltd., through which he represented pharmaceutical and defense contractors, in addition to advising GOP candidates.  Campo directed the Steve Forbes Presidential Campaign in downstate Illinois in 1995-96. 

Beginning in 1994, Campo was recruited to conduct political training in advance of the first free elections for the Russian Federation’s Parliament in 1995.  He authored the Election Procedures Manual for the Russian Federation under sponsorship of the Kriebel Foundation, and subsequently began advising former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar’s 1996 campaign for President.   Campo made frequent trips to Russia and its former Soviet Republics conducting training in politics and economics, including how to establish Agricultural Commodity Markets in the Village of Marx.

In 1998, he brought his substantive energy background together with an understanding of domestic and international political influences in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union to develop projects restructuring the energy sectors of the former Soviet Republics of Georgia and Moldova.  He resided in the former Soviet Union from 1998 to 2003, and has consulted on energy and infrastructure projects in Central Asia and the Middle East since.

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