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Additional Information

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 ran for election for President of the United States. He withdrew before the general election on November 3, 2020.

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
Elections

2020

U.S. House election

General election

The primary will occur on March 3, 2020. The general election will occur on November 3, 2020. General election candidates will be added here following the primary.

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

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

Eric Swalwell (D)

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Sam Campbell (D)

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Austin Intal (D)

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Tuan Phan (D)

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Alison Hayden (R)

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Peter Yuan Liu (R)

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Don Grundmann (Independent)

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 (D) defeated Rudy Peters (R) 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

Primary election
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
Policy Positions

2018

Abortion

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

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

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

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

Campaign Finance

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

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.
Articles

Swalwell Statement on Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

Dec. 18

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement Wednesday: "Today, I not only voted for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, I voted for our national security, for our election's integrity, and for our Constitution's sanctity. "Donald Trump is using the presidency to put his personal gain over our national interests. He is using our taxpayer dollars and foreign interference to cheat the next election. In our investigation, no critical fact has been in serious dispute. "I came to Congress to fight for those living in California's 15th District. Bringing down the cost of living, ending gun violence, and lessening the burden of student loan debt remain my top priorities, but I could not sit idly by and watch a president ignore our laws and Constitution. "Our Founders did not leave us helpless to an abusive president. The people of kingdoms and dictatorships may be helpful to such abuses, but we citizens of a democracy have the remedy of impeachment. "President Trump is on a constitutional crime spree. But we have proof -- through our investigation -- that courage can stop his corruption. The courage of public servant patriots to come forward got Ukraine the aid the president was withholding. Our standing up to the president's ongoing abuses of power is our only hope for protecting our national security, elections, and Constitution."

Letter to the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House - Representative Malinowski Leads Letter Urging Vote to Restore SALT Deduction

Dec. 13

Dear Speaker Pelosi: We write to express our concerns regarding the 2017 Republican tax law's $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) and urge you to bring H.R. 5377, the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, to the House floor for a vote before the end of this year. The SALT cap is terrible tax policy: it upends a long tradition of fiscal federalism; it erodes incentives for home ownership and charitable contributions; it seeks to punish and defund state and local governments that pursue progressive policies, and it imposes a significant marriage penalty. Furthermore, the impact of this tax hike has not been random. It was deliberately aimed at districts like ours, where voters have chosen to fund with their taxes better schools, health care, transit, parks, and social services. Many of us earned the trust of voters last year because we promised to do everything in our power to restore the SALT deduction. The Democratic House majority would be far smaller and possibly non-existent if not for the promise we made. It is time to keep that promise. H.R. 5377 offers a balanced, fiscally responsible way to do so. The bill would eliminate the marriage penalty this year and eliminate the SALT deduction cap altogether in 2020 and 2021, paid for by restoring the top marginal income tax rate from 37 to 39.6 percent. This rate increase would only affect taxpayers with incomes approaching a half million dollars per year and above. Finally, the bill would underscore the important contributions of critical state and local government employees: teachers and first responders. It would double the existing above-the-line deduction for teachers' out-of-pocket classroom expenses, from $250 to $500. It would also establish a $500 above-the-line deduction for the unreimbursed out-of-pocket work expenses of professional first responders. The bill is fully paid for. It has long been accepted in America that we do not tax the same income twice -- national taxation must not crowd out the taxes needed to support critical state and local functions. That principle was first stated in the Federalist Papers. As long as there has been a federal income tax, Congress has enabled Americans to deduct the contributions we make to state and local governments from income subject to federal taxation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act thus scrapped more than a century of precedent, without so much as a hearing to consider the effects. The impact on our districts has been devastating, particularly on seniors who own homes and live on fixed income. The combination of capping SALT at $10,000 and the elevation of the standard deduction also removes most of the federal tax incentives for homeownership and for making charitable contributions. Homeownership is one of the most important ways for middle-class American families to build wealth, and millions of our constituent families will lose ground as a result. We are likewise hearing grave concerns from our districts' charitable organizations that depend on local, small-dollar donations. Churches, food pantries, youth organizations, animal welfare organizations, and many other worthy groups are experiencing sharp drops in donations. Our constituents are rightly demanding change, and we intend to deliver it. We urge a vote on this important legislation.

Swalwell Statement on Judiciary Committee's Approval of Articles of Impeachment

Dec. 13

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Friday: "Today, I voted to send articles of impeachment to the House of Representatives that will hold President Donald Trump accountable for his ongoing abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Fortunately, America's Founders did not leave the people helpless to an executive's abuses. Our Constitution provides the power of impeachment and removal. President Trump is on a constitutional crime spree, jeopardizing our national security and the integrity of our elections. We have no choice but to act. "No critical fact in this investigation is in dispute. And this case is no longer about what the president did. We know what Donald Trump did; he admitted it. As these articles move to the full House of Representatives, this is now about what we must do to protect our national security and our elections."

Debates/Survey

2020

Jan. 23
15th Congressional District Town Hall with Rep. Eric Swalwell

Thur 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST

Dublin High School, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin CA 94568

Dec. 15
Cocoa With Your Congressman

Sun 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM PST

Peet's Coffee (349 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA) Pleasanton, CA

Dec. 10
Congressman Eric Swalwell's Senior Resource Fair

Tue 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Dublin Senior Center Dublin, CA

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