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Eric Swalwell Among New Representatives

January 3, 2013
In The News

The House  of Representatives welcomed 84 new members Thursday, including Rep. Eric  Swalwell, D-Dublin, who at 32 became the youngest new member.

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.