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{{tnr}}'''Eric Swalwell''' (b. November 16, 1980 in Sac City Iowa) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[California's 15th congressional district elections, 2012|the 15th Congressional District]] of [[California]] in 2012.  He was first elected in 2012.  He defeated incumbent [[Pete Stark]] (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref name="cnnr">[ ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
{{tnr}}'''Eric Swalwell''' (b. November 16, 1980 in Sac City Iowa) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[California's 15th congressional district elections, 2012|the 15th Congressional District]] of [[California]] in 2012.  He was first elected in 2012.  He defeated incumbent [[Pete Stark]] (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref name="cnnr">[ ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
Swalwell is seeking re-election in 2014.
Swalwell {{is seeking}} re-election in 2014.

Revision as of 15:17, 28 August 2013

Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 15
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMike Honda (D)
Assistant Democratic Whip
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$826,186
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Dublin City Council
High schoolDublin High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
J.D.University of Maryland, College Park
Date of birthNov. 16, 1980
Place of birthSac City, Iowa
Net worthN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Swalwell (b. November 16, 1980 in Sac City Iowa) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 15th Congressional District of California in 2012. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Pete Stark (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Swalwell Template:Is seeking re-election in 2014.

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.


Swalwell was raised in Dublin, California.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Swalwell's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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 Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Swalwell serves on the following committees:[4]


Campaign themes


Swalwell's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Education
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."



See also: California's 15th congressional district elections, 2014

Swalwell Template:Is running for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.


Swalwell was endorsed in his re-election bid by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[6] Pelosi also headlined a fundraiser for Swalwell in April 2013.[7]


See also: California's 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Swalwell won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District.[1] He and district 13 incumbent Pete Stark (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Christopher Pareja (Ind). Swalwell then defeated Stark in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell 52.1% 120,388
     Democratic Pete Stark Incumbent 47.9% 110,646
Total Votes 231,034
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 15 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Stark (D) Incumbent 42.1% 39,943
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell (D) 36.2% 34,347
Christopher Pareja (NPP) 21.7% 20,618
Total Votes 94,908


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.[10]

He was also endorsed by Don Perata, former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate and Bay Area Democrat.[11]

Campaign donors

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.[12]

Eric Swalwell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 15) Won $826,186
Grand Total Raised $826,186


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Swalwell's reports.[13]

Eric Swalwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$26,610.32$262,810.78$(66,488.52)$222,932.58
July Quarterly[15]July 13, 2013$222,932.58$239,253.82$(57,004.17)$405,182.23
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Swalwell's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[16] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[17]

Cost per vote

Swalwell spent $6.64 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Swalwell is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[18]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[19]

Swalwell most often votes with:

Swalwell least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Swalwell missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Swalwell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated at $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Swalwell has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 59th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[22]

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Swalwell for Congress "Eric Swalwell Biography" Accessed May 22, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Eric Swalwell," Accessed June 13, 2013
  4. - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Campaign website, Issues
  6. Twitter, Eric Swalwell
  7. Political Blotter, "Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser," April 16, 2013
  8. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  9. Unofficial election results
  10. San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher backs Stark's foe," July 12, 2012
  11. SFGate, "Dem biggie Don Perata latest to endorse Eric Swalwell over 20-term Rep. Pete Stark," August 14, 2012
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Swalwell," Accessed March 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Eric Swalwell Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  14. 'Federal Election Commission "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  15. 'Federal Election Commission "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Eric Swalwell 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  18. Gov Track "Eric Swalwell," Accessed June 4, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Eric Swalwell," Accessed July 31, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Eric Swalwell," Accessed April 2, 2013
  21., "Swalwell, (D-Cali), 2011"
  22. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Honda
U.S. House, California, District 15
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by