|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|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Dublin City Council|
|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 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
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 Alabama
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
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."
Swalwell won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District. He and district 13 incumbent Pete Stark (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Christopher Pareja (Ind). Swalwell then defeated Stark in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|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.
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|
|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|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress 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.
- 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
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Swalwell for Congress "Eric Swalwell Biography" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Eric Swalwell," Accessed June 13, 2013
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- Twitter, Eric Swalwell
- Political Blotter, "Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser," April 16, 2013
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher backs Stark's foe," July 12, 2012
- SFGate, "Dem biggie Don Perata latest to endorse Eric Swalwell over 20-term Rep. Pete Stark," August 14, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Swalwell," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Eric Swalwell 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Gov Track "Eric Swalwell," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Eric Swalwell," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Swalwell, (D-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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