Birthdate: July 9, 1953
Birth Place: Midland, MI, United States
Residence: Midland, MI
First Elected: 1990
District: District 4
Dave Camp was born in Midland, Mich., where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 from Albion College, attended the University of Sussex in 1973 and earned a law degree in 1978 from the University of San Diego.
Camp served as a special assistant attorney general from 1980 to 1984. He became the top aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette and managed Schuette's successful 1986 re-election campaign.
Camp was elected in 1988 to the Michigan House, where he served until his election to Congress in 1990.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.
The Republican Conference selected Dave Camp in late 2010 to be the next chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
In addition to his role as head of the House's powerful tax-writing committee, Camp in 2011 earned one of the few slots on the so-called supercommittee charged with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While the debt supercommittee largely was unable to achieve its objective, Camp held out hope for tax reform. In the next Congress, he said he wanted to head off pending tax increases and work with his colleagues to revamp the tax code.
In July 2012, Camp announced he had been diagnosed with a "very early, highly treatable and curable type" of cancer. He said doctors found non-Hodgkin's lymphoma during a physical. Camp said he would continue in Congress and retain his committee chairmanship during chemotherapy.
In addition to his work on taxes, Camp has fought to try and keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, a key economic and tourism issue for Michigan. He introduced a bill in June 2010 that called for permanently separating the waterways feeding the Mississippi River basin and the Great Lakes.
Camp has responded to concerns about Michigan's manufacturing sector by pushing for a special trade prosecutor to bring World Trade Organization complaints against countries he said have violated trade laws.
He has lobbied for more support for high-tech manufacturing programs, including the expansion of research-and-development tax cuts.
Camp in 2008 helped pass $758 million in tax credits for people who buy plug-in electric vehicles, an effort to jumpstart the market for electric vehicles such as General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet Volt.
He supported President George W. Bush's tax cuts and economic stimulus measures, including efforts to eliminate the estate tax and the marriage penalty.
Camp has been a vocal supporter of adoption, an interest that stems from his work as a lawyer on adoption cases. He wrote a 1997 law that relaxed laws limiting adoptions of foster children and a 2003 law that gives incentives to states that increase adoptions of older children. He was chosen in 2003 to be co-chairman of the Congressional Adoption Caucus.
Camp co-sponsored a bill to ban the procedure opponents call partial-birth abortion.
He managed Rep. Dennis Hastert's successful 1998 campaign to become speaker of the House. He said Hastert was a healer who would be able to reduce the partisanship that divided Congress during President Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings.
Camp is attentive to detail and signs every constituent letter that leaves his office, often writing a personal note on each letter.
Source: Associated Press