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June 25, 2019

Eric Swalwell Is On the Rise

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:00 am

Eric Swalwell is getting increased attention as a prominent Democratic congressman. That is a welcome development. Since 2012, when he was first elected to represent Congressional District 15, he has grown in ability and experience. At 37, he is seen as a promising future leader -- and for good reason. He is a loyal Democrat without being hyperpartisan, a moderate who espouses mainstream Democratic values but is willing to work across the aisle. Among many issues, he has fought for greater transparency in Congress, for increased support for education, for reductions in student debt and for improved conditions for startups and small business. He actively helps other Democrats who are running for office. He stays tirelessly in touch with constituents both through electronic media and trips back to the district.

Swalwell is a member of two key House committees, Intelligence and Judiciary. The Intelligence assignment fits with his interest in national security, a vital issue for the Tri-Valley with its two national laboratories. In light of the Supreme Court nomination that consumed so much of the national agenda, the importance of a Judiciary assignment is self-evident. Of course, the focus of nomination activities was in the Senate, but as a former Alameda County prosecutor, Swalwell has considerable expertise on the subject.

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