Victor Lionel Campbell was born in 1922  and grew up in Mayaro. Campbell fought the 1950 election and lost, but won the Ortorie seat for PNM in 1956. He went on to win the Ortorie/ Mayaro seat for five consecutive elections. As a result, Campbell sat in Parliament for more than 20 years.

He was a member of the Legislative Council and a Former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Works. He was the country's first Minister of Works and served one year as the Minister of National Security during the period September 1975 - September 1976. Campbell died in 1976 at the age of 75.