DNC Passes Resolution Honoring Former IDP Chair Ed Campbell

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DES MOINES – Meeting in St. Louis, Mo. the Democratic National Committee (DNC) today approved a resolution honoring the life of former Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ed Campbell who died in May after a lifetime of service to Democratic causes and campaigns.

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor the life of Ed Campbell. His service to the U.S. Army, the Governor’s office, Senator John Culver’s office, the Iowa Democratic Party, and generations of Iowans is most deserving of this recognition,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky. “Ed was a strong Democratic voice who inspired countless Iowans to be involved in politics and create a better future for the state. I, along with the entire Iowa delegation to the DNC, was proud to introduce this resolution and honor a man who gave so much to the Democratic Party.”

The resolution was unanimously passed by the DNC. The full text of the resolution is as follows:

Resolution Honoring the Life of Edward Campbell

WHEREAS, Edward Campbell was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and attended Sacred Heart School; and

WHEREAS, he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, Edward Campbell began his career with the Grinnell and Charles City Chambers of Commerce; and

WHEREAS, in 1965 he joined the staff of Iowa Governor Harold E. Hughes as a special assistant, where he oversaw the establishment of community colleges in Iowa; and

WHEREAS, when Governor Hughes was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968, Edward Campbell joined his Washington staff; and

WHEREAS, when Senator Hughes retired in 1974, Edward Campbell returned to Iowa to run John Culver’s successful campaign to succeed Senator Hughes; and

WHEREAS, Edward Campbell managed Senator Culver’s Iowa offices until he entered the private sector in 1976; and

WHEREAS, he was influential in the Iowa caucus campaigns of Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Richard Gephardt; and

WHEREAS, from 1977 to 1982, Edward Campbell served as Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party; and

WHEREAS, Edward Campbell mentored a generation of Iowa Democratic strategists and helped elevate the Iowa caucuses to their national prominence; and

WHEREAS, he was elected to the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame in 2007; and

WHEREAS, Edward Campbell passed away on May 6, 2010, at his home;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democratic National Committee honor the life of Edward Campbell and express condolences to Bonnie Campbell, his wife of 35 years.


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