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Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell, official portrait, 113th Congress.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
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
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 worth$40,501
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Swalwell (b. November 16, 1980, in Sac City, Iowa) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 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 sought 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 California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Swalwell serves on the following committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Swalwell's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


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]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 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]


Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Swalwell voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[16] 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.[17] Swalwell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[19] 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.[20]

Swalwell declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

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.[22]


Morton Memos 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Healthcare 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.[25]

Social issues


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.[26]

Campaign themes


Swalwell's campaign website lists the following issues:[27]

  • Jobs & Economy: "My top priority is to create new jobs and expand the middle class through a focus on innovation and technology. For America to create jobs and succeed in the global economy of the 21st century, the federal government must have policies that support economic growth. That means we must change our federal tax code to reward companies that create jobs in this country and not encourage any to ship jobs overseas."
  • Family Issues: "As a country, we have made strides to improve women’s rights today, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I am working to provide support and opportunities for women because when women succeed in work and at home, our economy and communities succeed."
  • Veterans: "We must strongly and unequivocally serve those who served us. We owe our troops more than words of appreciation; we owe them real actions to provide meaningful support. I will always support legislation that helps our returning service members and their families receive the care and support they have earned."
  • Seniors: "I am committed to protecting our seniors and preserving the programs that have kept so many healthy and out of poverty. I am opposed to any plan that dismantles Medicare and the guarantee of health insurance for our seniors. "
  • Transportation: "An efficient and modern transportation system keeps our local businesses competitive while improving our quality of life so that people spend less time in their cars and more time with their families."


—Eric Swalwell's campaign website, http://www.swalwellforcongress.com/issues


Swalwell's campaign website listed the following issues:[29]

  • 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 ran for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 15th District. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[30]


Swalwell was endorsed in his re-election bid by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[31] Pelosi also headlined a fundraiser for Swalwell in April 2013.[32]

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."[33]

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 49.1% 42,419
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Bussell 25.7% 22,228
     Democratic Ellen Corbett 25.2% 21,798
Total Votes 86,445
Source: California Secretary of State


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 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.[34][35]

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.[36]

He was also endorsed by Don Perata, former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate and Bay Area Democrats.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

Eric Swalwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$26,610.32$262,810.78$(66,488.52)$222,932.58
July Quarterly[41]July 13, 2013$222,932.58$239,253.82$(57,004.17)$405,182.23
October Quarterly[42]October 12, 2013$407,182.83$279,431.77$(72,352.13)$614,262.47
Year-End[43]January 30, 2014$614,262$275,065$(65,965)$823,362
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2014$823,362$273,834$(174,614)$922,581
Pre-Primary[45]May 22, 2014$922,581$146,327$(372,321)$696,587
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$696,587$185,277$(338,349)$543,515
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2014$543,515$212,768$(315,406)$440,877
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.[48] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[53]

Eric Swalwell Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-2%
Average annual growth:-2%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[56]

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  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 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 14, 2014
  28. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  29. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  30. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  31. Twitter, "Eric Swalwell," accessed March 1, 2014
  32. Political Blotter, "Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser," April 16, 2013
  33. ibabuzz.com, "CA15: President Obama endorses Eric Swalwell," March 3, 2014
  34. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  35. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  36. San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher backs Stark's foe," July 12, 2012
  37. SFGate, "Dem biggie Don Perata latest to endorse Eric Swalwell over 20-term Rep. Pete Stark," August 14, 2012
  38. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Eric Swalwell," accessed March 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  48. Open Secrets, "Eric Swalwell 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Eric Swalwell," accessed June 4, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Eric Swalwell," accessed July 31, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Eric Swalwell," accessed April 2, 2013
  53. OpenSecrets, "Eric Swalwell (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. 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.
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
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Preceded by
Mike Honda
U.S. House, California, District 15
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by