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Ben Nighthorse Campbell

Personal data
Date of birthApril 13, 1933(age 83)
Place of birthAuburn, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic 1982 1995
Republican 1995 present
SpouseLinda Price
ChildrenColin Campbell
Shanan (Campbell) Wells
Alma materSan Jose State University
Meiji University
ReligionRoman Catholic
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1951-1954
RankAirman Second Class
Battles/warsKorean War
AwardsKorean Service Medal
Air Medal
In officeJanuary 3, 1993 - January 3, 2005
Succeeded byKen Salazar
Preceded byTim Wirth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 3rd district
In officeJanuary 3, 1987 - January 3, 1993
Succeeded byScott McInnis
Preceded byMichael Strang

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Benjamin Nighthorse Campbell (born April 13, 1933) is an American politician. He was a U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1993 until 2005 and was during his tenure the only American Indian serving in the U.S. Congress. Campbell was a three term U.S. Representative from 1987 to 1993, when he was sworn into office as a Senator following his election on November 3, 1992. Campbell also serves as one of forty-four members of the Council of Chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe.

Originally a member of the Democratic Party, Campbell switched to the Republican Party on March 3, 1995. Reelected in 1998, Campbell announced in March 2004 that he would not run for reelection to a third term in November of that year. He expressed interest in running for Governor of Colorado in 2006. However, on January 4, 2006, he announced that he would not enter the race. His Senate seat was won by Democrat Ken Salazar in the November 2004 election.


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