Education: U. of Maryland, B.A. 2003 (government and politics), J.D. 2006
Career: County prosecutor
Political highlights: Dublin Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission, 2006-08; Dublin Planning Commission, 2008-10; Dublin City Council, 2010-present
Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. (15th District)
Swalwell believes his East Bay constituency is counting on him to work across party lines more often than his "hyperpartisan" predecessor, 20-term Rep. Pete Stark.
"Voters are going to expect a new direction now," Swalwell says.
He lists reducing the federal debt among his budgetary priorities and says he wants to put "business and government on the same page."
Swalwell supports rewriting the tax code to reward domestic manufacturers for keeping jobs in the United States, and he wants to provide tax credits to cover the moving expenses of plants that close overseas production to move back to U.S. soil. Coupled with stricter enforcement of trade rules, Swalwell believes his "made-in-America tax code" would increase jobs and allow small businesses better access to export markets.
Vowing to be a "champion for renewable energy," Swalwell will push for more federal spending directed toward private companies developing renewable-energy technology. He also aims to ensure funding for his districtís Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the top anti-terrorism, energy and nuclear weapons research facilities, and would like to see the military become more reliant on new technology. Swalwell hopes for a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee or the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The Transportation and Infrastructure panel would be a good fit as well; Swalwell wants to extend Bay Area Rapid Transit service to Livermore.
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.