Rep. Eric Swalwell
Representative for California’s 14th District
pronounced erik // SWAHL-wel
Swalwell is the representative for California’s 14th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Swalwell is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 42 years old.
He was previously the representative for California’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2022.
Swalwell proposed $30 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:
- $3.5 million to Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7 for “Chain of Lakes PFAS Treatment Facility Project”
- $3.0 million to City of Pleasanton for “South Livermore Sewer Expansion Project”
- $3.0 million to City of Fremont for “Multi-Service Community Center at Central Park”
These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.
Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Appropriations.house.gov. Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House
Read our 2022 Report Card for Swalwell.
Swalwell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Swalwell has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 22, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Eric Swalwell sits on the following committees:
Swalwell was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3359 (117th): Homicide Victims’ Families’ Rights Act of 2021
- H.R. 7777 (117th): Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training Act
- H.R. 3098 (116th): Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2019
- H.R. 1671 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6937 Village Parkway in Dublin, California, as the “James ‘Jim’ Kohnen Post Office”.
- H.R. 3771 (113th): Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Swalwell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (30%) Education (21%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Health (9%) Taxation (9%) Emergency Management (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Swalwell recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 3655: Preventing Our Next Natural Disaster Act
- H.R. 3121: Journalist Protection Act
- H.R. 2912: Airport Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act
- H.R. 2394: Protection from Abusive Passengers Act
- H.R. 8403 (117th): Proactive Cyber Initiatives Act of 2022
- H.R. 8340 (117th): Educator Down Payment Assistance Act of 2022
- H.Res. 1203 (117th): Congratulating the Golden State Warriors for their historic championship victory in the …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Sep 2023, Swalwell missed 374 of 6,107 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.
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