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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 15

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Eric Swalwell

United States Congressman
198,578 votes (73.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • My top priority is helping small businesses thrive to create more good-paying, local job and grow our innovation economy.
  • To reduce income inequality and help hard-working families, I've supported bills to reduce the burden of student loan debt, guarantee women receive equal pay for equal work, increase the minimum wage, and prevent cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
  • I'm committed to keeping Americans safe. I support bills to ban assault weapons and to require background checks to buy firearms. Last year, I was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee, where I work to keep our country safe from terrorism.



Profession:United States Congressman
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2012–current)
Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (2005–2012)
Councilmember, Dublin City Council — Elected position (2010–2012)


University of Maryland B.A and Law Degree (current)
University of Maryland JD (2005)

Community Activities

Intern, The Office of Ellen Tauscher (2000–2002)


As your representative, I’ve worked to bring new energy and ideas to Congress, and to expand economic opportunity and equality here in the East Bay. My top priority is creating good-paying, local jobs. To do so, I introduced the bipartisan Main Street Revival Act, offering small businesses a tax break to open in struggling communities.

I support our middle class because I’m from it. I was the first in my family to graduate college, doing so by working part-time jobs and earning an athletic scholarship. To reduce income inequality, I’ve co-sponsored legislation that reduces the burden of student loan debt, guarantees women receive equal pay for equal work, increases the minimum wage, and prevents cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

I’ve stood up for those who have served our country, by helping hundreds of veterans receive over $2,000,000 in back benefits and co-authoring legislation to upgrade the benefits system to end its health claims backlog. As a former prosecutor, I’m committed to keeping our community safe. I voted to strengthen the Violence Against Women Act, and I support banning assault weapons and requiring background checks to buy firearms. To get Congress working, I founded a bipartisan group of 30 Democrats and Republicans committed to finding common ground to create jobs and cut the deficit. Over 70% of the legislation I’ve supported is bipartisan.

To stay connected to our community, I’ve attended more than 2,000 community events, and I’ve hosted over twenty town halls. I would be honored to continue serving you.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) remains one of my highest priorities. In my first year in Congress I held a town hall, attended by members of Local 304, on immigration to communicate the details of the CIR legislation and my support of it to my constituents. I have continued to cosponsor legislation to support CIR, reduce backlogs in family immigration, and improve the ability of refugees to apply for asylum in the United States. In 2013, I took part in a 24-hour fast to support the passage of immigration reform.  I also sent a letter to then-Speaker of the House John Boehner asking him to allow the House to consider CIR.  With no response from the House Majority, in January of this year I published an op-ed through the Bay Area News Group opposing attempts to use Homeland Security funding as leverage to overturn President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

In keeping with my promise to work across the aisle, in my first term I co-founded the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus to bring new Members together; the group meets regularly to advance common-sense solutions and overcome the partisan divide. And, last year I cofounded the bipartisan Sharing Economy Caucus to explore how this burgeoning new economic sector can benefit more Americans.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

I serve on the House Permanent Select Cmmittee on Intelligence and am the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on the Centeral Intelligence Agency. 

The United States must set a strong example for other nations to follow in our foreign affairs. As a country, we should pursue all options available to prevent armed conflict while supporting the security of our allies. As the global voice of freedom and democracy, America should continue to serve as a model for peace and security across the world.

Even as the United States moves away from ground combat operations after more than a decade of continuous war, I will work to ensure our national security remains strong. When our service members are called to serve, it is imperative that we provide our troops with the equipment and weapons they need to be successful. And, we must make good on our promise to help our fighting men and women when they return home; we owe them much more than a “thank you for your service.” I will continue to support policies that protect our troops, their families, and our nation.

This year in Congress, I ensured that the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 included provisions to track foreign fighters traveling to terrorist safe havens, an examination of how intelligence agencies help their workers manage student loan debt, and an effort to leverage the great talent found at our national laboratories.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

A multi-year drought continues to pose serious problems for much of California.  Droughts are not an isolated or new challenge for California, and so we need to take actions that tackle not only our immediate challenges but make long-term investments as well.  That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2983, the Drought Recovery and Resilience Act, which includes immediate emergency funds to deal with current water shortages and supports a variety of measures to reduce the likelihood of serve impacts from drought in the future, such as better infrastructure and increased use of water recycling and desalinization.  Whatever we do to address the drought should not inappropriately privilege some water users over others and harm our environment.  That is I what H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act would do, which is why I opposed it.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,960,372

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of MacKenzie Capital Management
Employees of Sunset Development Company
Calpine and employees
Intel and employees
Wells Fargo and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

California 56.82%
District of Columbia 20.64%
Virginia 5.44%
Illinois 2.90%
Other 14.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.04%)
Small contributions (4.96%)

By Type:

From organizations (44.22%)
From individuals (55.78%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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