Eric Swalwell was born in 1980 and is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 15th Congressional District. On July 8, 2019, Rep. Swalwell announced he is dropping out of the 2020 Presidential race. He is running for reelection for his House seat in 2020.
Swalwell was elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 2012, after defeating in the Democratic primary incumbent Pete Stark, who had held the office since 1973. Swalwell was reelected in 2014, 2016, and in 2018. In 2016, Democratic leader elevated Swalwell to Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the Democratic policy agenda in the House. Before running for the House seat, Swalwell was a member of the City Council of Dublin, California. A law graduate, he also worked as a deputy District Attorney for Alameda County.
Representative Swalwell is currently serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and on the Judiciary Committee.
Below is U.S. Representative Swalwell’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Representative Swalwell supported the Iran nuclear deal. He recently discussed his intention to reenter the Iran deal if elected President, as he believed that the agreement “dismantled Iran’s nuclear capabilities and allowed U.S. monitoring and verification”, and that “alienating from the world and acting alone accomplishes neither”.
In the previous legislation, Representative Swalwell cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a House bill that aims to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel. He also cosponsored the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which aimed to provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal anti-discrimination laws concerning education programs or activities. He is currently a cosponsor of H. Res. 246 that opposes the delegitimization of Israel and the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.
Congressman Swalwell supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in 2017 signed a letter urging President Trump to reaffirm the longstanding, bipartisan commitment to the two-state solution.
He voted against the bipartisan House Resolution 11 that objected the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.
In 2018, Congressman Swalwell cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.
Supported the Iran nuclear deal https://swalwell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/eric-swalwell-why-i-will-vote-iran-nuclear-agreement
Supports reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://thehill.com/policy/defense/439712-2020-dems-rebuke-trump-on-iran-say-theyd-put-us-back-in-nuclear-deal
Position on Israel https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/foreign-affairs-defense
Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1697/cosponsors
Did not oppose UN Security Council Resolution 2334 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h11
Supports the two-state solution https://connolly.house.gov/uploadedfiles/connolly-price_two-state_solution.pdf
Cosponsored the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5924/cosponsors
Cosponsored the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5141/cosponsors
Cosponsored House Resolution 246 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/246/cosponsors