|U.S. House, California, District 15|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Mike Honda (D)|
|Assistant Democratic Whip|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$6.64 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Deputy district attorney, Alameda County|
|High school||Dublin High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland, College Park|
|J.D.||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Birthday||Nov. 16, 1980|
|Place of birth||Sac City, Iowa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Swalwell is seeking re-election in 2014. He and Hugh Bussell (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and will face off in the general election.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Swalwell is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Swalwell's academic, professional and political career:
- 2001-2002: Intern, United States Representative Ellen Tauscher
- 2003: Graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with B.A.
- 2006: Graduated from University of Maryland School of Law with J.D.
- 2006-2012: Deputy district attorney, Alameda County, California
- 2010-2012: Member, Dublin town council
- 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from California
Swalwell serves on the following committees:
- Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Energy, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Oversight
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Swalwell's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Swalwell voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Swalwell voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Swalwell voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Swalwell voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Swalwell joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Swalwell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Swalwell voted for HR 2775.
Swalwell declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Swalwell voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Swalwell voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Swalwell voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Swalwell voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Swalwell is a Liberal Populist. Swalwell received a score of 52 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Unknown||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Favors||Stay out of Iran||Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Swalwell's campaign website lists the following issues:
—Eric Swalwell's campaign website, http://www.swalwellforcongress.com/issues
Swalwell's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "With education, we should think globally but allow decisions to be made locally. Eric Swalwell will use his background as the founder and president of the Dublin High School Alumni Association, business background, experience in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, education policy knowledge and school leadership experience to create substantive reforms to our education system."
- National Defense & Vets
- Excerpt: "The United States plays a critical role in maintaining global peace and stability. This includes acknowledging and aiding nations moving toward democracy and open society, and increasing pressure on those who continue to support tyranny, oppression, terrorism, and instability."
- Mobile Congress
- Excerpt: "The U.S. House of Representatives was created by the Framers of our Constitution to be the legislative body most accountable to voters; from standing for election every two years to proportional representation across the states, a Member of Congress was originally envisioned to be the voice of the people."
- Economy & Jobs
- Excerpt: "America’s comeback starts with new energy and a strong resurgence in American innovation and manufacturing. China, India, Germany and other countries have lured U.S. manufacturing -- old and new industries alike – with promises of cash, free land and buildings, and other subsidies that drive job creation and profitability."
|U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Eric Swalwell Incumbent||0%||0|
Swalwell also received the endorsement of President Barack Obama. He said in a statement, "Congressman Eric Swalwell has proved to be a tireless champion for families throughout California’s 15th District, bringing new energy and ideas to Congress. Eric is a strong voice for creating good jobs, expanding economic opportunity, and growing the middle class."
Swalwell added to his endorsements from prominent Democratic figures when he received the endorsement of Senator Dianne Feinstein.
|U.S. House, California District 15 Primary, 2014|
|Democratic||Eric Swalwell Incumbent||49.1%||42,419|
|Source: California Secretary of State|
Swalwell won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District. He and CA's 13th District incumbent Pete Stark (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Christopher Pareja (Ind). Swalwell then defeated Stark in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Pete Stark Incumbent||47.9%||110,646|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, California District 15 Open Primary, 2012|
|Pete Stark (D) Incumbent||42.1%||39,943|
|Eric Swalwell (D)||36.2%||34,347|
|Christopher Pareja (NPP)||21.7%||20,618|
Swalwell was endorsed by former Representative Ellen Tauscher in his general election battle with fellow Democrat Pete Stark. This was reportedly due to Stark's "hostility" towards the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a top antiterrorism, energy and nuclear weapons research facilities located in the district.
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Swalwell attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Swalwell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Swalwell raised a total of $826,186 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Eric Swalwell's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 15)||$826,186|
|Grand Total Raised||$826,186|
|Eric Swalwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$26,610.32||$262,810.78||$(66,488.52)||$222,932.58|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2013||$222,932.58||$239,253.82||$(57,004.17)||$405,182.23|
|October Quarterly||October 12, 2013||$407,182.83||$279,431.77||$(72,352.13)||$614,262.47|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$614,262||$275,065||$(65,965)||$823,362|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$823,362||$273,834||$(174,614)||$922,581|
|Pre-Primary||May 22, 2014||$922,581||$146,327||$(372,321)||$696,587|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$696,587||$185,277||$(338,349)||$543,515|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$543,515||$212,768||$(315,406)||$440,877|
Swalwell won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Swalwell's campaign committee raised a total of $826,186 and spent $799,576. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Swalwell spent $6.64 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 15, 2012 - Eric Swalwell Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$939,654|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,397,139|
|Top contributors to Eric Swalwell's campaign committee|
|Mackenzie Patterson Fuller||$10,000|
|National Electrical Contractors Assn||$7,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Beer, Wine & Liquor||$22,840|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Swalwell's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $16,002 and $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Swalwell ranked as the 393rd most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Swalwell's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Eric Swalwell Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-2%|
|Average annual growth:||-2%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Swalwell received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 2011-2014, 22.7 percent of Swalwell's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Eric Swalwell Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||6.71%|
|% total in top two industries||13.15%|
|% total in top five industries||22.7%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Swalwell most often votes with:
Swalwell least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Swalwell missed 5 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Swalwell ranked 86th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Swalwell voted with the Democratic Party 91.3 percent of the time, which ranked 143rd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.
Swalwell voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 59th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Eric Swalwell at SmartVoter.org
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- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 14, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
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- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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