APRIL 13, 1933


Campbell, born in Auburn, California, dropped out of high school, joined the U.S. Air Force (USAF), and served in the Korean War. After earning a GED diploma, Ben received a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University (physical education & fine arts) in 1957 and studied at Meiji University, Tokyo, in 1960. He then captained the U.S. Judo Team in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Campbell’s Colorado political career began as a state legislator (1982-86), followed by 3 terms as a U.S. Representative (1987-93), and 2 terms in the U.S. Senate (1993-2005). He switched from Democrat to Republican in 1995. Serving on the Appropriations, Energy and Natural Resources, Veteran’s Affairs, and Indian Affairs (IAC) Committees (IAC’s 1st Native American Chairman), he also chaired the Helsinki Commission. Retiring in 2005, Ben was a senior policy advisor for Holland & Knight, LLP in Washington, DC before founding Ben Nighthorse Consultants in 2012. A renowned jewelry designer, Ben also trains champion quarter horses.

 “Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell,” News Release, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Retrieved 8/21/2021, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (doi.gov)
“Notable Native Americans: Ben Nighthorse Campbell,” American Indian Education Foundation. Retrieved 7/16/2022, Notable Native Americans: Ben Nighthorse Campbell - American Indian Education Foundation (nativepartnership.org)
Photo:  U.S. Senate, 1993-2005. Source: http://www.doi.gov/news/04_News_Releases/campbell.htm  

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