Eric Swalwell

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Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 15th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byMike Honda
Personal details
BornEric Swalwell, Jr.
(1980-11-16) November 16, 1980 (age 32)
Sac City, Iowa, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceDublin, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Maryland (B.A.)
University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationAttorney
WebsiteRepresentative Eric Swalwell
 
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Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 15th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byMike Honda
Personal details
BornEric Swalwell, Jr.
(1980-11-16) November 16, 1980 (age 32)
Sac City, Iowa, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceDublin, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Maryland (B.A.)
University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationAttorney
WebsiteRepresentative Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell, Jr. (born November 16, 1980) is an American politician from California, who serves as the U.S. Representative from California's new 15th congressional district. He was elected in November 2012, defeating incumbent Pete Stark, a fellow Democrat almost a half-century Swalwell's senior, who had held the office since 1973. Swalwell took office on January 3, 2013. The election was the first for the district, which had previously been California's 13th congressional district, which the 15th partially replaces.[1][2][3][4][5]

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Early life and education[edit]

Swalwell was born in Sac City, Iowa, and raised in Dublin, California.[6] He graduated from Dublin High School (Class of 1999).[7]

He attended the University of Maryland, College Park on a soccer scholarship to play for the Maryland Terrapins men's soccer team. He lost the scholarship after suffering an injury.[6] He received a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics at Maryland, and later earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He served on the College Park, Maryland city council as its student representative.[8]

"I learned to never stop working. Hard work will always be rewarded. Life’s not fair, not everyone starts at the same starting point. We should strive for that, having everyone start at the same place, but I realized other people would have better opportunities because of where they came from in life, and that the only way I could overcome those advantages was to work hard."[9]

Local political career[edit]

In 2001 and 2002, Swalwell interned for Ellen Tauscher, a United States Representative, in Washington, D.C., focusing on legislative research and constituent outreach and services.[8] He worked as an Alameda County deputy district attorney, a Dublin planning commissioner, and a Dublin, California city councilman.[6][10][5] He took a leave of absence from the city council to run for Congress in 2012.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 campaign[edit]

Swalwell was endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle.[10][11] During the 2012 election cycle, Swalwell was accused by the Stark campaign of being a Tea Party candidate. The accusation was refuted by Swalwell and the San Jose Mercury News, which also endorsed Swalwell.[12] Stark refused to debate Swalwell during the campaign. In response to Stark's refusal to debate, Swalwell organized a mock debate with an actor playing Pete Stark, quoting him verbatim when answering the moderator. [13] [5] Swalwell was able to contest Stark after the primary due to a new primary system in California, under which the top two vote getters advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.[14]

Representative Eric Swalwell on the Capitol Hill steps with friends, family, and campaign staff.

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Swalwell has advocated rescinding the No Child Left Behind Act, and increasing funding for education, while decreasing funding for defense. He has also advocated for renewable energy jobs to be created with federal stimulus money. He has stated he would attempt to raise the Social Security cap, with wealthier Americans paying into the program. He has proposed the idea of a "mobile Congress," with members casting votes remotely, while spending more time in their districts.[15] In March 2013, Swalwell led in the writing of an open letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), opposing the new policy which would allow passengers to bring knives on board airplanes. [16] He is also a supporter of same-sex marriage and abortion rights. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lochhead, Carolyn. "Pete Stark behind Eric Swalwell in early returns". Blog.sfgate.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ Creaven, Patrick. "Eric Swalwell Defeats 19-Term Congressman Pete Stark". Livermore.patch.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ "U.S. House of Representatives District 15 districtwide results". Vote.sos.ca.gov. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Dublin High School Alumni Eric Swalwell Defeats 40-Year Congressman Pete Stark". OneDublin.org. 
  5. ^ a b c "Election 2012: Eric Swalwell defeats 20-term Rep. Pete Stark". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Eric Swalwell – Election 2012". Projects.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Eric Swalwell Jr. profile". OneDublin.org. 
  8. ^ a b "Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell seeking congressional seat in 2012 election". PleasantonWeekly.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Eric Swalwell’s Work Ethic and Character: Right for the 15th Congressional District". OneDublin.org. 2012-07-16. 
  10. ^ a b "Eric Swalwell for 15th District". SFGate. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  11. ^ Miranda S. Spivack (2011-12-29). "Maryland grad and California prosecutor challenges House veteran Pete Stark". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Political Blotter: Eric Swalwell a tea partier? Um, no.". Mercurynews.com. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Mock Debate". 
  14. ^ Onishi, Norimitsu (2012-09-24). "‘Top-Two’ Election Change in California Upends Races". California: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Eric Swalwell - Candidate for U.S. President, Republican Nomination - Election 2012". Projects.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  16. ^ "March 2013 Press Release". 
  17. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Eric-Swalwell-recommended-for-House-3533176.php

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Honda
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 15th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Chris Stewart
R-Utah
United States Representatives by seniority
421st
Succeeded by
Mark Takano
D-California