Senate confirmation hearings begin July 18
■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter
With a Trump agenda pushing for reforms to Wall Street, entitlement programs and tax reform, one of Hemet’s own has been named to help mend what some call a tumultuous relationship between the U.S. Department of the Treasury and The Hill. Hemet High graduate Chris Campbell has been nominated to the position of assistant secretary of the Treasury for financial institutions. Campbell grew up in the Hemet Unified School District, he graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to earn an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Business. Currently, Campbell serves as majority staff director to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Prior to that role, he was the legislative director to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who serves as committee chairman. Campbell has been working with Sen. Hatch for more than a decade. Campbell’s nomination goes through the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
After winning an election his freshman year of high school, his interest in politics was ignited. He was involved in student government all four years of his high school tenure, was junior class president, and served as the school’s representative to the school board his senior year.
In an interview with Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner, Campbell said he worked on “an unsuccessful political campaign in California immediately after high school. Having gotten to know a lot of political consultant types in California at that time, that led to actually, weirdly, the guy who introduced me to Orrin Hatch in 2000 for his presidential [campaign].”
Trump appears to think highly of Hatch’s choices of aides as he has now nominated two for his administration. In addition to Campbell, Trump also nominated former Hatch Chief of Staff Robert Porter, who was selected as assistant to the president and White House staff secretary earlier this year. Campbell’s confirmation hearings are set to begin July 18.
Public service runs in the family
The Campbell family gravitates to community and public service. Campbell is the brother of Michelle (Mimi) Campbell Badura and brother-in-law to Dr. Richard Badura, owner of Hemet Family Chiropractic. Mimi now works as a consultant for the Parent Engagement Leadership Initiative (PELI) at the Riverside County Office of Education. Mimi has served on multiple PTA boards over the years, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Healthy Valley Foundation.
Older brother Scott Campbell volunteered to install a walk-in refrigerator/freezer at The Community Pantry with his sons. He is the first counselor in the bishopric for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where they serve food monthly at Valley Restart. Scott also volunteers at the Salvation Army and commented during a phone interview that “your community is only as good as you make it.” All the Campbell siblings graduated from Hemet High School.
Raising the debt ceiling
One major agenda item playing a recurring role and dependent on Congressional action is the need to raise the country’s debt ceiling “Politico” reported in late June that “Treasury also faces the need to raise the nation’s borrowing limit in the coming months to avoid a potentially catastrophic default.”
CNN Money reported that The U.S. Department of the Treasury is trying to give Congress ample time to raise the debt ceiling, which needs to happen before fall or the country will be in default. The Los Angeles Times reported that the U.S. hit its debt limit in March, which it has done twice in the last six years – in 2011 and 2013. Even if the debt ceiling is raised in time, waiting to the last minute could result in consequences to the nation’s credit rating, as it did in 2011. Back in late May, Bloomberg reported that 17 of the 26 positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury requiring Senate confirmation have been filled, or at least have nominees.