Donna Campbell

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Donna Campbell
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byJeff Wentworth
Personal details
Donna Sue Burrows

(1954-09-17) September 17, 1954 (age 65)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Stan Campbell
ResidenceNew Braunfels, Comal County, Texas
Alma materCentral State University (B.S.N.)
Texas Woman’s University (M.S.N.)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (M.D., 1989)
OccupationPhysician, politician
WebsiteCampaign website

Donna Sue Burrows Campbell (born September 9, 1954) is a politician and physician who is the 25th District member of the Texas Senate. On July 31, 2012, she became the first person in Texas history to defeat an incumbent Republican senator, Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, in a primary election.[1]

Her district serves all of Comal County, a small portion of Guadalupe County, a large portion of Hays County, all of Kendall County, and portions of northern Bexar and southern Travis counties.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Campbell was born on the naval base in San Diego, California, and reared in Oklahoma. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and later as a trooper in the highway patrol.[3] Her mother was a factory worker for much of her life but became a registered nurse at the age of forty-eight.[3]

Campbell obtained her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Campbell earned her Masters of Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She specialized in cardiovascular clinical nursing and nursing administration.

She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock in May 1989 and completed an internship in general surgery at Methodist Hospital in Dallas from 1989–1990. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston from 1990 to 1993.

Medical career[edit]

Campbell is the medical director of the emergency department[4] at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Texas, a city west of Houston.

Campbell is a member of the American Academy of Physician Specialists and the Texas Medical Association.[4]

Campbell has volunteered her time and expertise to perform hundreds of eye surgeries in Ghana, West Africa, working through the Christian Eye Ministry, an organization which focuses its efforts to bring back sight to people living in Africa.[5][6]


On her first day in the legislature, an aide to Senator John Whitmire passed out and Campbell provided assistance.[7]

Campbell was named the vice chair of Nominations Committee and given a seat on the Education and Transportation Committees of the Senate.[8]

Political positions[edit]

Campbell is conservative.[9] Campbell is also pro-life. Texas Governor Rick Perry and Campbell support a proposed 2013 law, one that would restrict abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy, place abortion clinics in the same regulatory category as other ambulatory surgery centers, and require doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the facility where they perform abortions.[10]

On the last day of the regular legislative session in 2017, Democrat Jose Menendez of San Antonio used a filibuster to kill Campbell's bill which would have made it more difficult for municipalities to annex surrounding territory.[11]

In 2019, Campbell expressed opposition to expanding medical marijuana to cover post-traumatic stress.[12] She claimed that a study had shown that 70% of veterans who committed suicide had cannabis in their system; PolitiFact rated her assertion false and said it could find no such study.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell married her husband, Stan Campbell, in 2000 and has four adopted daughters.[13] They live in New Braunfels, Texas[1]

Election results[edit]

2010 election results[edit]

Campbell, running as the "Tea Party favorite", lost to U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett by an eight percent margin in the 2010 Congressional election for the 25th District Congressional seat.[14]

US House election, 2010: Texas District 25
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lloyd Doggett 99,853 53 -14.6
Republican Donna Campbell 84,780 45 +14.3
Libertarian Jim Stutsman 4,424 2 +0.3
Democratic hold Swing -14.5

2012 election results[edit]

Republican primary, Texas Senate District 25, May 29, 2012

In the Republican primary on May 29, 2012 for Texas Senate District 25, Campbell came in second, advancing to the runoff. Elizabeth Ames Jones, the former Railroad Commissioner was eliminated from the runoff. The incumbent, Jeff Wentworth, who was in the Texas Senate for more than two decades, led the voting with 27,040 votes; Campbell followed with 25,458 primary votes. With 23,075 votes, Jones finished in a strong third place in the primary.[15]

In the Republican primary, Wentworth spent $727,568. Campbell spent about $175,000. And Jones, who had the backing of Texans for Lawsuit Reform’s political action committee, spent $1,754,310.[16]

Republican primary, May 29, 2012: Senate District 25 [15]
Candidate Votes % ±
Donna Campbell 25,470 33.7%
Jeff Wentworth (Incumbent) 27,050 35.8%
Elizabeth Ames Jones 23,085 30.5%
Turnout 75,605

Republican primary runoff, Texas Senate District 25, July 31, 2012

Campbell defeated incumbent Jeff Wentworth, who was in the Texas Senate for over two decades, by a two-to-one margin in the state Senate primary runoff on July 31, 2012.[17] Campbell defeated Wentworth in every county in the 25th District except the portion of the district in southern Travis County.[18] She built upon the base of support she gathered during the 2010 run for Congress to create the numbers that she needed to finish second in the Republican primary on May 29 and to win the July 31 Republican primary runoff against Wentworth.[19] After the results were announced Campbell stated, "People were tired of the status quo government – that's the folks who came out and voted for us. We have a large grass-roots movement. People identified with our message: smaller government, lower taxes and a vision for having a strong economy with job creation in the private sector."[20] Campbell also stated that she believed that she benefited from the endorsement of Ted Cruz.[20] Others saw her win as a victory for the Tea Party over the establishment Republicans.[21]

Republican primary runoff, 2012: Senate District 25[17]
Candidate Votes % ±
Donna Campbell 45,292 66.2%
Jeff Wentworth (Incumbent) 23,168 33.8%
Turnout 68,460

General election, Texas Senate District 25, November 6, 2012

In the general election for the Texas Senate District 25 of November 6, 2012, Campbell won a victory over John Courage, a high school teacher from San Antonio.[22] Campbell easily out-spent Courage and took two-thirds of the votes.[22]

General election, Texas Senate District 25, November 6, 2012: Senate District 25 [23]
Candidate Votes % ±
Donna Campbell 232,261 65.6%
John Courage 121,906 34.4%
Turnout 354,167

2014 election[edit]

In the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, Campbell won re-nomination to her first four-year term in the state Senate. She received 40,767 votes (55.4 percent). Her two opponents, Elisa Chan and Mike Novak, received 17,887 votes (24.3 percent) and 14,942 (20.3 percent), respectively.[24]


  1. ^ a b Parker, Kolten (December 27, 2012). "New Sen. Campbell emphasizes conservatism". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. ^ Texas State Senate District 25 map, Texas Legislative Council.
  3. ^ a b "Donna Campbell". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b Senator Donna Sue Campbell's Biography, Vote Smart, January 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Trinity University and Texas Tribune present The Hot Seat, Trinity University, November 26, 2012.
  6. ^ State Senator Donna Campbell Profile, Texas Tribune
  7. ^ Ward, Mike. Medical emergency halts Perry speech Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Austin American Statesman, January 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Dewhurst rounds out committee appointments, San Antonio Express News, January 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Campbell files to oppose Wentworth for state senate seat". The Gonzales Cannon. October 3, 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  10. ^ HB 2 Enrolled Version
  11. ^ "Another Texas Democrat launches a state Senate filibuster". Laredo Morning Times. May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Does study on veteran suicide cited by Texas lawmaker exist?". @politifact. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  13. ^ Gonzalez, John W. (July 22, 2012). "Campbell, Wentworth in dogfight of a runoff for Senate". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Doggett Declares Victory", Austin Chronicle November 2, 2010.
  15. ^ a b "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". Secretary of State of Texas. May 30, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  16. ^ Hamilton, Reeve. For State Senator From San Antonio, an Unexpected Rival in a Republican Runoff, New York Times, June 21, 2012.
  17. ^ a b "2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff Election Results". Secretary of State of Texas. August 1, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  18. ^ Ward, Mike. Campbell ousts Texas Senate veteran Wentworth, Austin American-Statesman, August 1, 2012.
  19. ^ Ramsey, Ross. San Antonio Republicans Get Their New Face, New York Times, August 4, 2012.
  20. ^ a b Gonzalez, John W. Campbell upsets Wentworth for Texas Senate, San Antonio Express-News, August 1, 2012.
  21. ^ Whittaker, Richard (August 3, 2012). "Tea Party Takes Run-offs: Dewhurst and Wentworth lost to Cruz and Campbell". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  22. ^ a b Parker, Kolten (November 7, 2012). "Campbell triumphs in race for state Senate". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  23. ^ "General Election Results, November 6, 2012". Secretary of State of Texas. November 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  24. ^ "Republican primary election returns". Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014.

External links[edit]

Texas Senate
Preceded by
Jeff Wentworth
Texas State Senator
from District 25 (New Braunfels)