Eric Swalwell Among New Representatives
He was asked by a reporter on Capitol Hill whether he will someday make a run for president.
"Fourteen months ago, no one thought I would ever run for Congress," Swalwell told Politico. "I'm just thrilled to be here. ... I'm going to do everything I can to serve the people who sent me here."
Swalwell, a former Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin city councilman who beat longtime Rep. Pete Stark in the November election, told Politico that he's eager to provide "new energy" to the House. He represents California's 15th Congressional District, which includes Livermore and Danville.
Swalwell said one of his first actions will be to co-sponsor a bill with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., that would ban high-capacity magazines and assault weapons in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre on Dec. 14.
The new member of the Bay Area congressional delegation called for a more-mobile Congress, with House members using social media and technology such as videoconferencing to allow them to spend more time with constituents.