Linda was elected to represent the 15th Essex District in 2006. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Revenue; and on the Committees of State Administration; Public Health; and Post Audit and Oversight. In previous sessions, she has served as Vice Chair of the Committees on Veterans and Federal Affairs; and Public Safety.
Linda’s public service started with ROTC at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she was appointed as the University’s first woman Army ROTC commander. She received a scholarship and the assurance of active duty. Linda served in Germany for six years at the battalion and corps level and traveled extensively throughout Europe and behind the Iron Curtain. When Linda returned home, she attended Parachute (Jump) School at Fort Benning, GA, and the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course at Fort Huachuca, AZ before being assigned as a paratrooper and an Intelligence Officer with the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. In this capacity, she led a unit that provided daily intelligence to the Commander of the Army’s part of the Rapid Deployment Force and for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
While serving in Germany, Linda and Donald (now a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel) met and married. After more than eight years of active duty service, Linda left the Army to start a family and taught part time at the undergraduate and high school level before her husband was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm. A note of interest is that their first child, Marie, was born four days after Donald arrived in Saudi Arabia. Linda returned to her home in Methuen during Donald’s deployment and said that she will be forever grateful for the support she received from both her family and the Community at this time.
Linda first became involved with politics as an environmental activist who represented the City of Methuen in a two-year long successful fight to prevent the construction of a massive gas/coal fired electrical generation plant along the Merrimack River at the West Methuen / Dracut line. As a result of this successful endeavor, she was encouraged to run for City Council, where she topped the ticket and served with distinction for six years. Likewise, because of her record of accomplishments on City Council, she was encouraged by her community to run for State Representative when the seat opened up.
Profession: State Representative
Spouse: Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Donald E. Campbell
Children: Marie and Zachary
Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Honors Program, BA History; University of Southern California, MA International Relations.
Combined Military Arts and Services Staff School; and the Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course; Paratroop Training