Read the State Legislative Tracker. New edition available now!

Difference between revisions of "Eric Swalwell"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Text replace - " 'Federal Election Commission''" to " ''Federal Election Commission''")
(2014)
Line 201: Line 201:
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Swalwell's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2CA15094 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eric Swalwell Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>  
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Swalwell's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2CA15094 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eric Swalwell Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>  
  
{{Campaign finance reports
+
{{Eric Swalwell 2014 FEC}}
|Collapse=
+
|Name = Eric Swalwell (2014)
+
|Political Party = Democratic
+
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/448/13940539448/13940539448.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
+
|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
+
|Beginning Balance 1 = 26610.32
+
|Total Contributions 1 = 262810.78
+
|Expenditures 1 = 66488.52
+
|Cash on Hand 1 = 222932.58
+
|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/735/13964050735/13964050735.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
+
|Date 2 = July 13, 2013
+
|Beginning Balance 2 = 222932.58
+
|Total Contributions 2 = 239253.82
+
|Expenditures 2 = 57004.17
+
|Cash on Hand 2 = 405182.23
+
|Report 3 = October Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/865/13941767865/13941767865.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013]</ref>
+
|Date 3 = October 12, 2013
+
|Beginning Balance 3 = 407182.83
+
|Total Contributions 3 = 279431.77
+
|Expenditures 3 = 72352.13
+
|Cash on Hand 3 = 614262.47
+
|}}
+
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===

Revision as of 16:55, 5 November 2013

Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 15
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike Honda (D)
Leadership
Assistant Democratic Whip
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$6.64 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$826,186
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Dublin City Council
2006-2012
Education
High schoolDublin High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
J.D.University of Maryland, College Park
Personal
BirthdayNov. 16, 1980
Place of birthSac City, Iowa
ProfessionLawyer
Net worthN/A
ReligionChristian
Websites
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. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Pete Stark (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Swalwell 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.

Biography

Swalwell was raised in Dublin, California.[2]

Career

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

2013-2014

Swalwell serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

CongressLogo.png

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Swalwell's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" 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.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Swalwell voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Swalwell voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Swalwell declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[10]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" 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 would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

Swalwell's campaign website listed the following issues:[16]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

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

Swalwell 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.

Endorsements

Swalwell was endorsed in his re-election bid by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[17] Pelosi also headlined a fundraiser for Swalwell in April 2013.[18]

2012

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 general election on November 6, 2012.[19][20]

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

Endorsements

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.[21]

He was also endorsed by Don Perata, former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate and Bay Area Democrat.[22]

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.[23]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Swalwell's reports.[24]

Eric Swalwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$26,610.32$262,810.78$(66,488.52)$222,932.58
July Quarterly[26]July 13, 2013$222,932.58$239,253.82$(57,004.17)$405,182.23
October Quarterly[27]October 12, 2013$407,182.83$279,431.77$(72,352.13)$614,262.47
Year-End[28]January 30, 2014$614,262$275,065$(65,965)$823,362
April Quarterly[29]April 14, 2014$823,362$273,834$(174,614)$922,581
Pre-Primary[30]May 22, 2014$922,581$146,327$(372,321)$696,587
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$696,587$185,277$(338,349)$543,515
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2014$543,515$212,768$(315,406)$440,877
Running totals
$1,874,767.37$(1,462,499.82)

2012

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.[33] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[34]

Cost per vote

Swalwell spent $6.64 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[38]

Voting with party

2013

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.[39]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Eric + Swalwell + California + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

  • Loading...

External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References

  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. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Campaign website, Issues
  17. Twitter, Eric Swalwell
  18. Political Blotter, "Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser," April 16, 2013
  19. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  20. Unofficial election results
  21. San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher backs Stark's foe," July 12, 2012
  22. SFGate, "Dem biggie Don Perata latest to endorse Eric Swalwell over 20-term Rep. Pete Stark," August 14, 2012
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Swalwell," Accessed March 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Eric Swalwell Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  33. Open Secrets "Eric Swalwell 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  35. Gov Track "Eric Swalwell," Accessed June 4, 2013
  36. OpenCongress, "Eric Swalwell," Accessed July 31, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Eric Swalwell," Accessed April 2, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Swalwell, (D-Cali), 2011"
  39. 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
'