It’s not something Democrats typically say about themselves, but Congressman Eric Swalwell was raised by Republicans.
His father was a cop, and his mother ran a small business. They brought him into the world in Sac City, Iowa, then raised him in Dublin, California, the oldest of four boys. His childhood was about family, sports, and hard work – from running a paper route at the age of 10, to sanding and installing window frames as a teenager. A Division One soccer scholarship allowed him to become the first in his family to go to college.
While attending the University of Maryland as an undergrad, Eric served as an intern on Capitol Hill for Representative Ellen Tauscher. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, he became a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where he led the Hate Crimes Unit. In 2012, Eric was elected to be a city councilmember in his hometown of Dublin.
As a representative in Washington, Eric served eight years on the House Intelligence Committee where he was the chairman and ranking member overseeing the CIA. On the Intelligence Committee, Eric helped lead the House Investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and later, the first and second impeachments of Donald Trump. As a member of the House Democrats’ leadership team, Eric was on the House Floor on January 6. A week after the attack, Eric was appointed as a House Impeachment Manager for the former president’s Senate trial.
In 2020, Eric authored Endgame, an inside look at what happened in the months leading up to and during the impeachment of Donald Trump and what it means for our nation’s immediate future. In an attempt to intimidate and silence Eric from speaking out about the dangers to Democracy from the MAGA Members of Congress, Speaker McCarthy stripped Eric of his Intelligence Committee assignment in 2023.
Eric was a candidate for president for the 2020 election, running primarily on the issue of ending gun violence. He qualified to participate in the first presidential debate in June 2019 in Miami.
Eric currently serves on the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees. He is also Chairman Emeritus and founder of Future Forum, a group of young Democratic members focused on issues and opportunities for millennial Americans. Eric is also founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Critical Materials Caucus, and Personalized Medicine Caucus. Every day Eric strives to make sure if you work hard it adds up to doing better for yourself and dreaming bigger for your family.
Eric and his wife Brittany, a small business owner in hospitality, are the happy parents of three young children: Nelson, Cricket, and Hank. The kids are growing up as Democrats.