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.

  • GV Haste

    I for one am more than willing to give Swalwell the next 18 months to see how he does…before signing on to support yet another member of the calcified Democratic establishment that has run Alameda Co. politics for the past 50 years. The same group that was more than willing to rubber stamp Pete only a couple years after hoisting Nadia Lockyer to high office. The same candidates who stood arm in arm, smiling for the camera with Hayashi, AFTER she had been found guilty.
    In short, it will take quite a bit for me to push Swalwell aside so that a member of that prior crowd can resume complete control of politics in this area.
    Who, other than themselves, wants that same old crowd to be controlling the next 20 years of East Bay politics?


  • Legalgrounds

    As a republican, I have been very impressed with Congressman Swalwell. He seems to have a moderate approach to issues,. I hope he can do good things.

  • John W

    I wonder how many Assistant Whips there are. In the last Congress, the House Democrats had a Minority Whip, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, 8 Chief Deputy Whips and an unknown number of Assistant Whips (unknown, because nobody lists them).

    In the 113th Congress, the web site for the office of the Minority Whip (Steny Hoyer) names three Chief Deputy Whips as the Whip Team and makes no mention of Assistant Whips. However, I was able to find a press release on at least one additional freshman Democrat (Dan Kildee, Flint, MI) who was named an Assistant Whip. I’ll bet there are a bunch of them, so they can tell the folks back home that they have already been appointed to “Leadership” jobs.