Leader Pelosi Nominates Swalwell As Co-Chair Of Democratic Steering And Policy Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday nominated Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) to serve as co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the caucus’ policy agenda and nominates Democratic Members for committee assignments.
Swalwell, 36, was re-elected to his third term this month. Pelosi earlier had named Swalwell to the committee in November 2014, and had elevated him to vice chair in February 2016.
“I’m grateful to Leader Pelosi for this expanded role in guiding House Democrats’ path forward, as I continue to passionately represent the people of the 15th Congressional District,” Swalwell said. “I intend to bring new energy and new ideas to pursue an agenda that enables every person's freedom to dream -- with policies that lift up working Americans, expand access to college and reduce student debt, and protect retirement security. With Leader Pelosi’s steady and experienced hand on the wheel, I will stand with her and my colleagues to fight House Republicans' efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, dismantle Medicare, and unravel international agreements.”
At Pelosi’s direction, Swalwell in 2015 founded Future Forum – a group of young Democratic Members, numbering 25 in the upcoming 115th Congress, focused upon listening to and engaging with millennials on the issues most important to that generation. Swalwell and other Future Forum members have visited 32 cities to hear millennials’ concerns, and have introduced bills to address them.
“He has traveled across the country galvanizing many of our younger Members to engage with their peers. The Future Forum has been a tremendous success in speaking to millennials,” Pelosi said Friday in announcing Swalwell’s and other House Democratic leadership nominations. “This team of new and experienced leaders is dedicated to working with their entire Caucus to make the future better for the American people.”