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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California



As a country, we have made strides to improve women’s rights today, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Women continue to earn less than men – earning about 77 cents for every dollar that men receive. I am working to provide support and opportunities for women because when women succeed in work and at home, our economy and communities succeed.

Every woman deserves access to reproductive health services and the ability to make her own decisions about her health. I am fighting for women’s rights and will stand up against legislation that would prevent a woman from making her own healthcare decisions. 

We must pass commonsense legislation to protect women’s rights and ensure that women have equal access to healthcare, educational, and economic opportunities.

What I am Doing for You

I’m an original cosponsor of H.R. 1619, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to improve women’s ability to achieve pay equity. (I cosponsored this as H.R. 377 in the 113th Congress.)

I cosponsored H.R. 2654, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would ensure pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs or denied reasonable accommodations that would allow them to keep working. (I cosponsored this as H.R. 1975 in the 113th Congress.)

I’m an original cosponsor of H.R. 2972, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015. This bill would repeal the Hyde Amendment to allow federal funding for abortion services. 

I cosponsored H.R. 448, the Women's Health Protection Act of 2015. This bill would invalidate any state laws that single out abortion providers for requirements and restrictions that are medically unnecessary, do not promote women's health or safety, and limit access to abortion services.

In the 113th Congress:

I cosponsored and voted for H.R. 11, the bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This bill continued and improved the VAWA programs that protect women from domestic violence by providing new protections and services for immigrants, Native Americans, and LGBT persons.

I cosponsored H.R. 5051, the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, which would prevent corporate employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law and keep in place existing exemption for religious employers (e.g., houses of worship) and accommodation of religious non-profits. This bill is the legislative response to the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby.

I cosponsored H.R. 728, the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act.  This bill would prevent pharmacists from refusing to fill a prescription for birth control and require pharmacies to help a woman obtain medication by her preferred method if the requested product is not in stock. 

I led a letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, urging it to reduce the hundreds of thousands of cases including backlog DNA evidence, which includes untested rape kits, by better utilizing the capacity of private laboratories.





More on Women

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.

May 8, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 1406, the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act, which in reality undermines American workers and harms the middle class. This bill severely weakens the right of wage workers to overtime pay. That pay would instead go into an employer-controlled pot to be paid out at the end of the year or used as comp time by the employee. This would shift power to employers who could then deny overtime assignments to workers who insist on overtime pay.

January 24, 2013 In The News

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) sponsored the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act and called for swift action on the legislation Wednesday.

The act was originally passed in 1994 and expired in 2011. It funds a number of programs, including victim assistance services, enforcement of protection and transitional housing aid for victims.