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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 14

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Eric Swalwell

United States Congressman
137,612 votes (69.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide new opportunities toward prosperity, ensure access to affordable health care, keep seniors financially secure, provide good schools, and keep the American dream within reach for every person.
  • Ban and buy back assault weapons, improve access to mental health care, invest in law enforcement, and community violence intervention to keep our communities safe.
  • Fund critical infrastructure projects in the Congressional District and the Bay Area, including BART to Livermore and Valley Link, invest in our roads and bridges and fund wildfire prevention

Experience

Experience

Profession:Member of U.S. Congress
Representative, US House of Representatives (2013–current)
Congressman, US House of Representatives — Elected position (2013–current)
Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (2005–2012)
Council Member, City of Dublin — Elected position (2010–2012)

Education

University of Maryland Law Degree (2005)

Biography

Growing up in what now is California’s Fifteenth Congressional District taught Eric Swalwell a lot about hard work, strong principles, and planning for a brighter future.

The oldest of four boys and son to Eric Sr., a retired police officer, and Vicky, who works as an administrative assistant, Swalwell was raised and attended public schools in the East Bay. A Division I soccer scholarship was his ticket to becoming the first person in his family to go to college. During college, he worked as an unpaid intern in the office of his representative, Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, and so was on Capitol Hill on September 11, 2001. This inspired his first legislative achievement: using his Student Government Association position to create a public-private college scholarship program for students who lost parents in the attacks.

After earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland, he returned to the East Bay to serve as a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for seven years.  He also served as chairman of the Dublin Heritage & Cultural Arts Commission, on the Dublin Planning Commission, and was elected to the Dublin City Council.

Eric Swalwell in 2012 was elected to represent California’s Fifteenth Congressional District, which includes a large part of the East Bay. Now in his fourth term, he’s working hard to bring new energy, ideas, and a problem-solving spirit to Congress, with a focus on advancing policies that support equality, opportunity, and security.

Congressman Swalwell serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and believes protecting Americans is Congress’ most solemn duty. He chairs the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees overall management of the Intelligence Community: the policies and programs focused on making sure that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have the workforce, infrastructure and services they need to succeed. This involves fostering greater collaboration and better use of resources across the entire Intelligence Community in personnel management, security clearance reform, information technology modernization, and other areas. 

He serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where his experience as a prosecutor and as a son and brother of law enforcement officers informs his perspective on criminal justice reform while he also address issues including voting rights, LGBT equality, comprehensive immigration reform, and protecting a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. 

And he also serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and its Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, working to protect America against violent extremism and domestic terrorism.

A leader in the House, he is co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which makes committee assignments and sets the caucus' policy agenda. He also founded and is chairman emeritus of Future Forum, a group of almost 50 young Democratic Members of Congress focused on issues and opportunities for millennial Americans including student loan debt and home ownership. 

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

Congressman Swalwell’s first-term legislative accomplishments included two of his bills signed into law – tied for the most bills signed from any freshman Member of his class – including one that incentivized charitable giving after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. And, while serving on the Homeland Security Committee in his first term, he led a successful effort opposing a TSA proposal to allow certain knives aboard airplanes and advocated for enhancing airport perimeter security with innovative technological solutions.

Even while addressing national and international issues, Congressman Swalwell remains rooted in the region he represents. He is present and attentive in the district, and was an early leader in adopting social media and video-conferencing technology to stay in constant contact with constituents.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

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

Conserving and ensuring access to clean drinking water is of the utmost importance. I was proud to support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which included over $8 billion for western water infrastructure for aging infrastructure, water storage, water recycling, desalination projects, dam safety, and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

I believe we need to continue authorizing these funding streams so that California can bank on water security for decades to come. That’s why I’m a cosponsor of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, a bipartisan bill to authorize $50 billion in direct infrastructure investment over five years to address America’s crumbling wastewater infrastructure and local water quality challenges. 

 

But we also need to plan proactively for future droughts and other natural disasters. I introduced the Preventing Our Next Natural Disaster Act, a bipartisan bill to help communities better prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters including those driven by climate change. The bill would make several changes to FEMA’s pre-disaster mitigation grant program by increasing funding, ensuring that communities who need it most — those with high hazard risk and environmental justice communities — get access to this funding, and improving data collection to better track and manage resources before and after natural disasters.

 

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

We are a nation of immigrants,  welcoming to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Unfortunately, our current immigration system is not living up to these basic ideals. To bring our fundamentally broken, outdated immigration system into the 21st century, we must implement comprehensive reform. We must provide a road map so that undocumented workers can earn legalized status and citizenship, reduce backlogs and allow families to be reunited, let undocumented kids brought here years ago have the same opportunities as everyone else, and let businesses, including those in the high-technology sector, attract and retain workers from abroad when domestic talent is not available.

 

I'm an original cosponsor of, voted for, and the House passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, to provide vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States. The bill offers a path to lawful permanent resident status for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure recipients.

 

I'm also an original cosponsor of H.R. 1177, the U.S. Citizenship Act, President Biden’s bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of the United States immigration system. The bill would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a pathway to earned citizenship, including Dreamers, Temporary Protective Status recipients, and essential workers who have made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic; prioritize family reunification and keeping families together; and bolster the country’s long-term economic growth. The bill would also equip the country to responsibly and effectively manage the border with smart and effective investments, address root causes of migration that force people to leave Central America, and restore the United States’ commitment to human rights. 

 

And I’m an original cosponsor of H.R. 3648, the Equal Access to Green cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act, a bipartisan bill that will benefit the U.S. economy by letting American employers focus on hiring immigrants based on their merit, not their birthplace. The bill phases out the 7% per-country limit on employment-based immigrant visas; it also raises the 7% per-country limit on family-sponsored visas to 15%.

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

Protecting our democracy is of the utmost importance. The Republican Party is trying to undermine free elections and inventing a basis to overturn the results of elections they don’t agree with. Their new agenda pledges to make it harder for Americans to vote, purge eligible voters from the rolls, give extreme state legislatures absolute power to change the rules of elections at whim, and help disrupt polling places and vote-counting. 147 House Republicans voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election on January 6th, even after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol during the certification of our election.

 

Recently, I voted for the Presidential Election Reform Act, legislation to protect free and fair elections, uphold the rule of law and defend the Constitution. This bill was crafted in response to the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election – including the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol – and will implement several common-sense measures to safeguard votes against any future attempt to interfere with the certification of election results. I’m also a cosponsor of and voted for the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, which would bolster our democracy by protecting voting rights, ending partisan gerrymandering, fixing campaign finance, and safeguarding the electoral process.

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Eric Swalwell:

We have a responsibility to ensure that this country is preparing for a safe, reliable and secure energy future. Overreliance on a limited range of fuel technologies, foreign sources of energy, and finite resources is unreasonable. Our strength will lie in our ability to transition to new, cleaner, more sustainable resources. And we must recognize the impact that our energy choices have on public health and the global environment, now and far into the future. I am working to encourage innovation in the field of renewable energy and energy conservation. Addressing the climate crisis is imperative for our national security, the ecosystems that feed us, our public health and safety, and our future economic well-being.

 

I was proud to vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, the United States’largest-ever climate action by investing in domestic energy production and manufacturing, while reducing costs for energy efficient upgrades. Because of the Inflation Reduction Act's investments, America is on track to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 percent below 2005 levels in 2030—positioning America to meet President Biden's climate goals of cutting greenhouse gases at least in half in 2030 and reaching net zero by no later than 2050.

 

In addition, I cosponsored H.R. 848, the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act of 2021, a comprehensive use of the tax code to combat the threat of climate change. The bill builds on current successful tax incentives that promote the deployment of green energy technologies, while providing new incentives for activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 5423, the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, to provide tax credits for American manufacturers at every stage of the solar manufacturing supply chain, from polysilicon production to solar cells to fully assembled solar modules. The bill would create tens of thousands of good-paying American solar jobs and free the U.S. from dependence on foreign solar panel manufacturers like China.

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $2,865,562

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

1
Employees of MacKenzie Capital Management
$17,400
2
Employees of Kirkland & Ellis
$14,500
3
Amazon.com and employees
$12,750
4
KPMG and employees
$11,900
5
Employees of Creative Artists Agency
$11,600
5
Employees of Dupage Medical Group
$11,600

More information about contributions

By State:

California 50.26%
District of Columbia 11.61%
New York 7.61%
Illinois 5.38%
Other 25.14%
50.26%11.61%25.14%

By Size:

Large contributions (84.53%)
Small contributions (15.47%)
84.53%15.47%

By Type:

From organizations (18.94%)
From individuals (81.06%)
18.94%81.06%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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