Eric Swalwell has served as a U.S. Representative from the 15th District of California since 2013, currently sitting on the judiciary and intelligence committees. Prior to this, he was a city council member from Dublin, Calif.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Co-sponsored the Main Street Revival Act, which would allow small businesses in “struggling areas” to defer payroll taxes in their first year.
- Introduced the Widening Internet Readiness for Employment Development Act (WIRED). This would increase user interface accessibility and virtual services for job seekers through the Department of Labor.
On the Issues
Jobs: Supports clean energy jobs, increasing skills-based training for tech jobs and incentivizing companies to create jobs in struggling areas through tax code incentives.
Affordable Housing: Has criticized the Trump administration’s tax plan for undermining housing affordability.
Health Care/Insurance: Supports of Medicare for All.
Education: Opposes voucher programs for private and religious schools; wants to make community college free for two years.
Criminal Justice: In an effort to decrease gun violence, asserts that the federal government should ban “military-style semi-automatic assault weapons” and expand background checks.
Minimum Wage: Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and indexing it to inflation.
Children/Families: Believes federal employees should have six weeks of paid leave. Co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
Taxes/Tax Credits: Has pushed for higher taxes on wealthy Americans, primarily on investment income.
“Eric Swalwell: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate” (Axios: 4/9/2019)