Jane Louise Campbell (born May 19, 1953) is an American politician of
the Democratic Party who served as the 56th and first female mayor of
Cleveland, Ohio from January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2006.
1 Personal details
2 Early career
3 Political beginnings
4 Mayor of Cleveland
5 2005 Mayoral Election
6 2006 – present
8 External links
9 See also
Campbell, the daughter of former General Secretary of the National
Council of Churches Joan Brown Campbell, and retired partner at
Squire, Sanders and Dempsey Paul Barton Campbell, was born in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. She attended Shaker Heights High School and earned
her undergraduate degree in
American History at the University of
Michigan and a Master's in Urban Studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin
College of Urban Affairs at
Cleveland State University. She married
urban planner Hunter Morrison, who is the head of Youngstown State
University's Office of Campus Planning and Community Partnerships and
is currently redeveloping
Youngstown, Ohio through its Youngstown 2010
renewal plan. Campbell and Morrison have two daughters, Jessica and
Catherine Campbell-Morrison. The couple divorced in 2008.
Prior to elected office, Campbell began her early career by holding
leadership roles in several community organizations and advocacy
groups. In 1975, she founded WomenSpace, a coalition of women’s
organizations that, in addition to promoting the creation of Ohio’s
first shelter for battered women, helped identify and promote women
for community and government leadership.
Soon after in 1979, she worked as National Field Director for
ERAmerica in Washington, D.C., coordinating national support for state
coalitions supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. In the early 80s, as
the executive director of the Friends of Shaker Square, a neighborhood
on Cleveland’s east side, Campbell managed economic development,
organized security patrols and expanded the historic district.
Campbell's political career began in 1984, when she was elected to the
Ohio House of Representatives. She was reelected five times, and
chosen by her colleagues as the majority whip and later the assistant
minority leader. Legislative leaders across the country elected her to
serve as president of the
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Conference of State Legislatures in
1996. Campbell authored numerous laws that included tax incentives for
economic development, financing for
Cleveland Browns Stadium, Gateway
Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena), authorizing
prosecution of abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled people,
creating a statewide review of child deaths, reforming juvenile
justice, and establishing child support guidelines and penalties.
Campbell was also appointed to work with the Clinton administration on
a small intergovernmental group made up of governors, mayors, county
officials, and state legislators on the Welfare Reform effort of the
In 1996 she was elected Cuyahoga County commissioner, a position to
which she was reelected in 2000. As commissioner, she transformed the
county welfare department into Cuyahoga Work and Training, the agency
charged with implementing the federal welfare reform law. This
reformed agency assisted over 20,000 families in moving from welfare
to work between 1997 and 2001. Campbell also brokered a new
public–private alliance for workforce training, and developed
training academies at
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College to provide job
training to dislocated workers. She also led the drive to create
Cuyahoga County’s first Brownfield Loan Fund in conjunction with
seven local banks to redevelop abandoned industrial and commercial
sites. To date, this fund has generated over $50M in private
While serving as commissioner, she continued her national involvement,
presiding over both the Welfare Reform: Next Step Task Force for the
National Association of Counties
National Association of Counties and the association’s Human
Services and Youth committee.
Mayor of Cleveland
Cleveland mayoral election, 2001
In November 2001, Campbell won the
Cleveland mayoral election with 54%
of the vote, defeating former Clinton administration official and
attorney Raymond Pierce, who received 46% of votes. She took office on
January 1, 2002, becoming the city's first female mayor.
In office, Campbell inherited a $60 million budget deficit and a city
government in financial turmoil. In just one year, she stabilized the
city's budget without a tax increase;; however, some city services
endured cutbacks and the following year she had to lay off many city
employees in order to maintain financial stability.
One of her political accomplishments was bringing the Lakefront Plan
to the forefront of regional awareness, a plan that emphasized Lake
Erie as the region's most valuable asset and a vital element for
revitalization in Downtown Cleveland.
Throughout her four years, Campbell worked with other levels of
government and the private sector to initiate nearly $3 billion of
investments for urban development and redevelopment projects. By 2005,
several of these projects were underway, including Steelyard Commons
(a Brownfield-turned-shopping center, opened Sept. 2007), Gordon
Square Arts District, Battery Park (redeveloped Eveready Battery
Plant), The Avenue District, Fourth Street redevelopment, and Euclid
Avenue rapid transit corridor.
Also under her administration, Ohio's first state of the art Emergency
Operations Center was built, and in 2004,
Cleveland became the first
city in the country to host the International Children's Games.
Ethics of the city government dominated the headlines for much of
Campbell's term. During Campbell’s mayoralty, the federal corruption
investigation continued of the prior city administration, resulting in
subsequent convictions of two of the former Mayor’s confidantes.
Cleveland as one of the "World’s Digital
Communities" in 2005, after Campbell set the stage for using
technology as a platform for innovative economic development.
2005 Mayoral Election
Cleveland mayoral election, 2005
On October 4, 2005, after serving one term as mayor, Campbell came in
second to Frank G. Jackson, president of
Cleveland City Council, in a
field of seven candidates in the non-partisan mayoral primary. Only
16% of Cleveland's population participated in the primary, the lowest
voter turnout in the city's history. In the November 8, 2005 general
election, Jackson defeated Campbell by 55% to 45%. At 11:25 pm
(EST), she conceded to Jackson, who became the city's mayor on January
2006 – present
After leaving office, Campbell accepted a short-term position at
Harvard University as part of a fellowship with the Institute of
Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her teaching
covered issues in city governance and Ohio politics. She taught at the
school during the spring of 2006.
From 2006 to 2009, she served as managing director of public-private
partnerships for Colliers Ostendorf-Morris, in Cleveland’s Colliers
In January 2009, it was announced that Campbell would become chief of
staff to Democratic Senator
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Campbell is now the Director of the Washington Office of the National
Development Council (NDC), and President of Women Impacting Public
^ Skolnick, David. Edwards called city's 2010 plan 'visionary'. The
Youngstown Vindicator, July 18, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2007.
^ "The Encyclopedia of
Cleveland History: Mayoral Administration of
Jane L. Campbell". Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved
^ "Appeals court upholds Nate Gray convictions". The Plain Dealer.
Help Communities Worldwide Maximize Their Wireless
Capabilities". Intel. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008.
^ "Jane L. Campbell". Colliers International. Archived from the
original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell moves to D.C. to take job as
aide to senator". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
^ The Plain Dealer, December 27, 2003. Recall Drive Against Campbell
Dies As Clerk Denies Extension by Mike Tobin.
^ The Plain Dealer, September 25, 2005.
Cleveland Mayor: After A Bumpy
Start, Jane Campbell Has Grown In Office And, Given The Alternatives,
Earned A 2nd Chance From Voters, editorial.
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