Eric Swalwell hires chief of staff

Congressman-elect Eric Swalwell has hired another Bay Area lawmaker’s aide to be his chief of staff.

Ricky LeRicky Xuan Le currently works as deputy chief of staff and counsel for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and as a staffer with the House Administration Committee, handling federal election and House oversight matters.

“Ricky brings more than six years experience working on Capitol Hill and has strong ties to the Bay Area,” Swalwell said in a news release. “He understands the needs of the district and my desire to have an office operation focused on our district and being accessible to constituents.”

Le earlier served for three years as executive director of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, advising the state’s 34 Democratic House members on statewide policy. He also has worked on various local, state and federal campaigns.

Born in Da Nang, Vietnam, Le came to the United States as a political refugee at age five, and became a U.S. citizen in 2002. He grew up in San Jose, and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Swalwell, D-Dublin, earlier this month indicated he’s hiring Shannon Fuller of Orinda as his district director.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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