Continuing our series on up-and-coming Democratic elected officials is Eric Swalwell. Swalwell, 31, will represent the people of California’s 15th district after defeating 20-term incumbent, Representative Pete Stark.
Iowa-born Eric Swalwell was raised in Dublin, California, before heading east to attend the University of Maryland at College Park. At Maryland, Swalwell received both his undergraduate and law degrees, while playing as a member of their division I men’s soccer team and representing student interests on the College Park City Council. His political savvy piqued early, interning in the Congressional office of Ellen Tauscher before returning to California to work as a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
A committed public servant to Alameda County and the town of Dublin, Swalwell has been a champion for small business and the local economy. He has occupied a number of city posts, notably serving as a member of City Council and on the Dublin Planning Commission, and chairing the Heritage & Cultural Arts Commission. He remains involved in local affairs, acting as an advisor for the Dublin High School Alumni Association, the Alameda County Fire Commission, the Alameda County Library Advisory Board and the Tri-Valley Conservancy, where he works to support the local wine industry.
During Swalwell’s campaign, he received endorsement from the San Francisco Chronicle for his strong record of leadership and service in the Bay Area. As a community advocate, Swalwell was given the 2009 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award for Community Service.
YDA wishes Eric the best as he begins his Congressional career, and looks forward to his promising future in politics. Welcome to Washington!