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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Eric Swalwell (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing California's 15th Congressional District. He assumed office on January 3, 2013. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Swalwell (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent California's 15th Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the primary election on March 3, 2020.

Swalwell also ran for election for President of the United States.

Swalwell announced on April 8, 2019, that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. He suspended his presidential campaign on July 8, 2019.

Swalwell's policy proposals included a national and mandatory buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons (exempting law enforcement agencies and gun clubs) and universal background checks for weapons and ammunition purchases. He also called for no-interest federal student loans, debt-free college for work-study students, and increased investment in curing diseases like ALS and Alzheimer's.

Swalwell was first elected in 2012 after defeating incumbent Rep. Pete Stark (D), who had been in office since 1973. He served on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking member of Subcommittee on the CIA in the 115th Congress. Before serving in Congress, Swalwell was a member of the Dublin town council and served as the deputy district attorney for Alameda County, California.

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.

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

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from California's 15th Congressional District
  • 2010-2012: Member, Dublin town council
  • 2006-2012: Deputy district attorney, Alameda County, California
  • 2006: Graduated from University of Maryland School of Law with J.D.
  • 2003: Graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with B.A.
  • 2001-2002: Intern, United States Representative Ellen Tauscher

Education

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-2006
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2003

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-2006
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2003
  • Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2006-2012
  • Law Clerk, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2005

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-2006
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2003
  • Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2006-2012
  • Law Clerk, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2005
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 15, 2013-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 15, 2018, 2020
  • Member, Dublin City Council, 2010-2012

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Ranking Member, Central Intelligence Agency Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Energy Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Science, Space and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, United States House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Judiciary

Member, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Member, Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Member, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

Chair, Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness (INMAR)

Member, Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research (STAR)

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the CIA

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-2006
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2003
  • Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2006-2012
  • Law Clerk, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, 2005
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 15, 2013-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 15, 2018, 2020
  • Member, Dublin City Council, 2010-2012
  • Founder/Chair, Future Forum, 2015-present
  • President/Founder, Dublin High School Alumni Association, 2006-present
  • Adviser, Advisory Board, Alameda County Library
  • Adviser, Alameda County Fire Commission
  • Member, Dublin Lions Club
  • Member, Dublin Sister-City Association
  • Adviser, Tri-Valley Conservancy
  • Founder, Wine Region Subcommittee, City of Dublin
  • Member, Planning Commission, City of Dublin, 2008-2010
  • Member/Chair, Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission, City of Dublin, 2006-2008
  • Coach/Goalkeeping Director, San Ramon Soccer Club, 2006-2008

Other Info

  • Police officer

  • Secretary

2019

Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Crime

Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- No

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Yes

2. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

2019

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Unknown Position

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Unknown Position

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- No

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- No

Elections

2020

U.S. House election

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General election
General election for U.S. House California District 15

Incumbent Eric Swalwell and Alison Hayden are running in the general election for U.S. House California District 15 on November 3, 2020.

Eric Swalwell (D)

Alison Hayden (R)

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Nonpartisan primary election
Nonpartisan primary for U.S. House California District 15

The following candidates ran in the primary for U.S. House California District 15 on March 3, 2020.

Eric Swalwell (D)
59.0%
103,826 Votes

Alison Hayden (R)
17.0%
29,864 Votes

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Sam Campbell (D)
9.8%
17,286 Votes

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Peter Yuan Liu (R)
7.8%
13,634 Votes

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Tuan Phan (D)
3.7%
6,509 Votes

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Austin Intal (D)
1.4%
2,548 Votes

Don Grundmann (Independent)
1.2%
2,194 Votes

Total votes: 175,861

Presidential election

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Swalwell announced that he was running for president of the United States on April 8, 2019. He suspended his presidential campaign on July 8, 2019.

2018

General election
General election for U.S. House California District 15

Incumbent Eric Swalwell defeated Rudy Peters in the general election for U.S. House California District 15 on November 6, 2018.

Eric Swalwell (D)
73.0%
177,989 Votes

Rudy Peters (R)
27.0%
65,940 Votes

Total votes: 243,929

Nonpartisan primary election
Nonpartisan primary for U.S. House California District 15

Incumbent Eric Swalwell and Rudy Peters defeated Brendan St. John in the primary for U.S. House California District 15 on June 5, 2018.

Eric Swalwell (D)
70.5%
90,971 Votes

Rudy Peters (R)
26.2%
33,771 Votes

Brendan St. John (Nonpartisan)
3.3%
4,322 Votes

Total votes: 129,064

2016

rated this race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Eric Swalwell (D) defeated Danny Turner (R) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Both candidates advanced past the top-two primary on June 7, 2016, by default.

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 73.8% 198,578
Republican Danny Turner 26.2% 70,619
Total Votes 269,197
Source: California Secretary of State

U.S. House, California District 15 Primary, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 76.5% 110,803
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Turner 23.5% 34,032
Total Votes 144,835
Source: California Secretary of State

2014

Swalwell won re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 15th District. He and Hugh Bussell (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. Swalwell went on to defeat Bussell in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 69.8% 99,756
Republican Hugh Bussell 30.2% 43,150
Total Votes 142,906
Source: California Secretary of State

2012

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

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

A Second Democratic Candidate Has Dropped Out Of The Presidential Race

Jul. 8, 2019

By Ryan C. Brooks | BuzzFeed News Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images California Rep. Eric Swalwell announced at a press conference Monday that he is ending his short-lived bid for president and running for reelection to his House seat, becoming the second Democrat to drop out of the 2020 race, leaving the field at 23 candidates. “After the first Democratic presidential debate, our polling and fundraising numbers weren’t what we had hoped for, and I no longer see a path forward to the nomination. My presidential campaign ends today,” Swalwell said. Swalwell’s announcement comes just three months after he declared he was running during an April appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “The polls have had their way, so here we are in July,” Swalwell told reporters of his decision to drop out. That decision isn’t exactly a shock. Despite qualifying and participating in the June Democratic debates, Swalwell’s campaign has failed to gain traction in the crowded field of candidates and has dwindled on the lower end of polling. Swalwell’s campaign abruptly canceled a swing through New Hampshire over the long Independence Day weekend. Swalwell is best known for his position on the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee and his work on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Swalwell, 38, was one of the youngest Democrats running for president and spent his time during the June debate telling former vice president Joe Biden that it was time for him to “pass the torch” to a younger generation of Democrats so they could solve issues like gun control, automation, student loan debt, and climate change. The first candidate to drop out of the race was Richard Ojeda, a former West Virginia legislator and congressional candidate who briefly ran a populist campaign for the Democratic nomination after losing his House race. He quit the 2020 primary at the end of January. The remaining candidates are: former vice president Joe Biden; Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand; Reps. Seth Moulton, Tulsi Gabbard, and Tim Ryan; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; former representatives Beto O’Rourke, John Delaney, and Joe Sestak; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; former Housing secretary Julián Castro; author Marianne Williamson; Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam.