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Eric Swalwell gets House leadership role

It seems House Democratic leaders aren’t holding Rep. Eric Swalwell’s unseating of a veteran fellow Democrat against him, after all.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., today named Swalwell, D-Dublin, as an assistant whip, saying he’ll “bring a fresh perspective” to the whip team. “I look forward to working with him to advance the priorities of the American people, including efforts to promote job creation and strengthen the middle class,” Hoyer said.

Eric SwalwellSwalwell issued a news release thanking Hoyer for the honor. “I look forward to working with the House Democratic Leadership and all of my colleagues to advance common sense solutions to our nation’s problems. I believe my youthful energy and new ideas will help our party and our country move forward in the 113th Congress.”

Assistant Whips are responsible for informing their fellow Democratic members about, and getting them in line for, upcoming legislation that will be considered in the House.

Swalwell, 32, beat 20-term incumbent Pete Stark, D-Fremont, in November’s election. Stark had been supported for re-election by House Democratic leaders, and some have speculated that those leaders might give the freshman Swalwell a cold shoulder. Though he’d asked for a seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was assigned instead to Science, Space and Technology – a good fit, considering his district includes the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – and Homeland Security.

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.