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Rep. Eric Swalwell

Representative for California’s 15th District

pronounced erik // SWAHL-wel

Swalwell is the representative for California’s 15th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Swalwell is next up for reelection in 2020.

Swalwell is running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in office:

Photo of Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Swalwell.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Sep 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Eric Swalwell sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Swalwell was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Swalwell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (41%) Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Taxation (9%) Labor and Employment (6%) Commerce (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Swalwell’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Swalwell voted Nay

Passed 393/13 on Apr 27, 2018.

H.R. 4 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for five years. Title I removes obsolete restrictions on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) allowing airports to more ...

Swalwell voted Yea

Passed 244/171 on Sep 28, 2017.

Should somebody lose their taxpayer-supported benefits if they have an outstanding warrant --- even if they haven't actually been convicted of the crime? The Control ...

Swalwell voted Aye

Passed 300/118 on Jun 21, 2017.

H.R. 1873 amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of ...

Swalwell voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Swalwell voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Swalwell voted Aye

Passed 261/155 on May 12, 2015.

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act would roll back a new regulation that redefines “waters of the United States.” The regulation both expands the list of ...

Swalwell voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Swalwell voted Nay

Swalwell voted No

Swalwell voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2019, Swalwell missed 337 of 4,269 roll call votes, which is 7.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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 and major life events. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: