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Nora Campos (born 1963) is an American politician from California. She served on the San Jose City Council and then in the California State Assembly. Prior to taking elected office, she worked as Community Relations Coordinator and then as Chief of Staff for a San Jose City Councilmember.

Nora Campos
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Speaker pro tempore of the California State Assembly
Preceded byFiona Ma
Succeeded byKevin Mullin
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 27th district
23rd district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byJoe Coto
Succeeded byAsh Kalra
Member of the San Jose City Council from the 5th District
In office
March 13, 2001 – December 6, 2010
Preceded byManny Diaz
Succeeded byXavier Campos
Personal details
Born1963 (age 55–56)[1]
San Jose, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Neil Struthers


Early life and educationEdit

Nora Campos was raised in the Cassell neighborhood in East San Jose. She marched with Cesar E. Chavez and cites her early experience with the Farm Worker Movement as an influence on her decision to enter public service as an adult.[verification needed]

Campos graduated from William C. Overfelt High School in 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.[2]

Political careerEdit

Campos was elected to represent District 5 on the San Jose City Council in a special election in March 2001 and served for ten years, winning re-election twice.

In June 2009, she announced her candidacy for the 23rd California State Assembly District. She was elected on November 10, 2010 with 75% of the vote,[3] succeeding term-limited Democrat Joe Coto. In August 2012 she was appointed speaker pro tempore in the Assembly.[4]

In 2016, termed out as an Assembly member, she failed to unseat Jim Beall in the election for the 15th State Senate District.[5]

2014 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 27th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nora Campos (incumbent) 34,799 69.5
Republican G. "Burt" Lancaster 15,272 30.5
Total votes 50,071 100.0
General election
Democratic Nora Campos (incumbent) 49,416 69.4
Republican G. "Burt" Lancaster 21,779 30.6
Total votes 71,195 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ Official Statement for Nora Campos
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame: Nora Campos". East Side Union High School District Education Foundation. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  3. ^ "November 02, 2010 Statement of Vote -- State Assemblymember by District" (PDF). California Secretary of State's office. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  4. ^ Koehn, Josh (August 8, 2012). "Campos Appointed Speaker Pro Tempore". San Jose Inside. Metro Silicon Valley.
  5. ^ Kaplan, Tracey (November 9, 2016) [November 2, 2016]. "Beall coasts to victory over Campos, winning his 20th election". San Jose Mercury News.

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