Donna Sue Burrows Campbell (born September 9, 1954) is an American politician and physician who is the 25th District member of the Texas Senate. On July 31, 2012, she became the first person in Texas history to defeat an incumbent Republican senator, Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, in a primary election.
Her district serves all of Comal County, a small portion of Guadalupe County, a large portion of Hays County, all of Kendall County, and portions of northern Bexar and southern Travis counties.
Early life and education
Campbell was born on the naval base in San Diego, California, and reared in Oklahoma. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and later as a trooper in the highway patrol. Her mother was a factory worker for much of her life but became a registered nurse at the age of forty-eight.
Campbell obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Campbell earned her Masters of Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She specialized in cardiovascular clinical nursing and nursing administration.
She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock in May 1989 and completed an internship in general surgery at Methodist Hospital in Dallas from 1989 to 1990. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston from 1990 to 1993.
Campbell is the medical director of the emergency department at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Texas, a city west of Houston.
Campbell is a member of the American Academy of Physician Specialists and the Texas Medical Association.
Campbell has volunteered her time and expertise to perform hundreds of eye surgeries in Ghana, West Africa, working through the Christian Eye Ministry, an organization which focuses its efforts to bring back sight to people living in Africa.
On her first day in the legislature, an aide to Senator John Whitmire passed out and Campbell provided assistance.
Campbell was named the vice-chair of Nominations Committee and given a seat on the Education and Transportation Committees of the Senate.
Campbell is conservative. Campbell is also pro-life. Texas Governor Rick Perry and Campbell support a proposed 2013 law, one that would restrict abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy, place abortion clinics in the same regulatory category as other ambulatory surgery centers, and require doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the facility where they perform abortions.
On the last day of the regular legislative session in 2017, Democrat Jose Menendez of San Antonio used a filibuster to kill Campbell’s bill which would have made it more difficult for municipalities to annex surrounding territory.
In 2019, Campbell expressed opposition to expanding medical marijuana to cover post-traumatic stress. She claimed that a study had shown that 70% of veterans who committed suicide had cannabis in their system; PolitiFact rated her assertion false and said it could find no such study.
In 2021, Campbell responded to the rise in mass shootings in Texas with a bill to furnish families with fingerprint and DNA kits, which could be used to identify children. After the 2022 Robb Elementary School mass shooting, the Texas Education Agency began to furnish school districts with these kits.
Campbell has four adopted daughters. They live in New Braunfels, Texas