Congressman Eric Swalwell announced his candidacy Monday night on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He is the 18th Democrat declaring a run for President in 2020.
The announcement kicks off a 10-day national sweep with events planned in Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, California, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Locally, a kickoff rally will be held April 14 at 2 p.m. at Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy, Dublin.
Last Tuesday, Swalwell made his first stop in Florida, where he held a Town Hall to End Gun Violence with Parkland-area families. Gun violence has been one of his issues. He supports universal background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases. He states that this action would do more to take guns away from domestic abusers, and would remove weapons of war once and for all. He declares, "I’m the only candidate calling for a mandatory national ban and buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons."
An Iowa native, Swalwell is serving his fourth term representing the 15th Congressional District, which incudes Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.
“I’ve been in Congress for six years. I see an America in quicksand, making zero progress on anything that matters. I hear from school children who are learning in fear because too many lawmakers love their guns more than they love our kids,” Swalwell said. “We can no longer count on the same old people to solve the same old problems. Nothing will change until we have a leader who is willing to go big on the issues, be bold with solutions, and do good in governing.”
He told Colbert, "I'm ready to solve problems. I've done a lot. I can do more."
In a press release, he commented, “So we will go big, be bold, do good, to bring the promise of America to all Americans. The promise is a simple one: if you work hard, your blood, sweat, and tears should add up to you doing better for yourself and dreaming bigger for your kids. That’s why I’m running for President.”
He talked with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, noting that he understands what families are going through. He grew up in a family living paycheck to paycheck. He still owes just under $100,000 in student loans.
Swalwell, 38, is co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; founder and chairman emeritus of Future Forum, House Democrats’ millennial engagement group; chairman of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
He told George Stephanopoulos that as a member of the intelligence committee, he is knowledgeable about threats from inside and outside of the country.
He’s the eldest of four sons of a retired police officer and a senior administrative assistant, the first in his family to go to college, and a former prosecutor and city councilman. He and his wife, Brittany, have a son, Nelson, and a daughter, Cricket.
Prior to election to Congress, he served as Mayor of Dublin. He defeated long-time Congressman Pete Stark to gain his seat in the House.
Recently, Swalwell led 140 of his House colleagues in opposing President Trump’s proposal to cut America’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“Climate change is an urgent crisis threatening our environment, economy, and future,” said Swalwell. “With bold investment in renewable and energy efficient technologies, America can lead the way in securing a greener, cleaner, and more prosperous future. But squandering taxpayer dollars on a manufactured crisis at the border, as the President’s budget proposal would do, simply shortchanges our future.”
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) research, development, and deployment programs focus on renewable electricity generation and sustainable transportation, as well as energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing.
President Trump has proposed cutting EERE’s funding from $2.379 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2019 to $696 million in FY 2020 – a 70 percent reduction.
For more information about Eric Swalwell’s background and platform go to EricSwalwell.com.