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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California

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Equality For All

Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love and I’m thrilled the Supreme Court overturned the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and returned marriage equality to California in 2013. We should all have the same chance to live up to our given potential. Discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity simply has no place in modern society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out.

What I am Doing for You

I voted for an amendment to prohibit funds from being used in contravention of President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT employees of government contractors from discrimination.

I cosponsored H.R. 1619, the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would improve pay equity protections for women. (I also cosponsored this as H.R. 377 in the 113th Congress.)

I cosponsored H.R. 197, the Respect for Marriage Act, which would have repealed DOMA in its entirety. (I also cosponsored this as H.R. 2523 in the 113th Congress.)

In the 113th Congress:

I cosponsored H.R. 1755, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This bill would ban discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

I cosponsored H.R. 3560, the Universal Racial Profiling Elimination Standards, and Procedures for Effective Constitutional Rights Training (RESPECT) Act. This bill would prohibit law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant recipients from engaging in racial profiling, require training to fight racial profiling for DHS, and collect data on racial profiling.

I signed a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice asking for the federal government to explore ways it can better protect Sikh children from harassment and bullying.

More on Equality For All

January 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday by the House Democratic Caucus.

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies.

June 26, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry. 

“Let the wedding bells ring across the land. Today’s Supreme Court ruling affirms that love is love. In all 50 states, men and women can marry the person they love, share their lives together, and have it recognized under law, with the benefits that come with the institution of marriage.

January 20, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) released the following statement tonight following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress:

“We have come a long way since the depths of the Great Recession, and this is no time to go backwards. Our economy is growing, more Americans have access to healthcare, and oil prices have gone down. We cannot afford to undermine the progress we have made.