Swalwell Named As Assistant Democratic Whip

Democratic leader selects new congressman for influential post

Less than a week after being sworn into office, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has been named to a key Democratic post.

On Monday, Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) named Swalwell as an assistant whip.

Whips are part of the Democratic caucus. They inform other Democratic House members of impending legislation and help line up votes.

“Rep. Swalwell, as a new member of Congress, will bring a fresh perspective to the whip team," said Hoyer. "I look forward to working with him to advance the priorities of the American people, including efforts to promote job creation and strengthen the middle class.”

“I thank Whip Hoyer for entrusting me with the honor of serving as an assistant whip for the 113th Congress.” said Swalwell.  “I look forward to working with the House Democratic leadership and all of my colleagues to advance common sense solutions to our nation’s problems.  I believe my youthful energy and new ideas will help our party and our country move forward in the 113th Congress.”

Swalwell was sworn in on Thursday. In November, he defeated 40-year House incumbent Pete Stark to win the newly aligned 15th congressional district seat.

What do you think? Is Swalwell too new to the House to chosen for such a post?

Camaro on Cinderblocks January 07, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Promoted without doing anything....awesome!!!! Only in government! Eric should update the people that voted him into office with a breakdown of the special interest groups he talks to. How about a new weekly patch segment "Pandering to Swalwell".
Nick January 07, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I don't think he's too new. He'll only learn from being in a position, with assistance, not from watching.
Julia January 07, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I think Swalwell needs to push for the Congressional Reform Act of 2013 & give up the tax payer funded life long entitlements! 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 02/1/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Cherry January 07, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Congratulations Eric! Stay true, never sell out!
Pleasanton Mom January 08, 2013 at 08:18 AM
Rep Eric: I'm a republican that helped get you elected. Please don't forget you represent all in this district and not just those constituents registered democrat. Your statement as quoted above, and if true, suggests your are aligning yourself squarely behind democratic party leadership tossing aside those non democrats that supported you with the belief you'd represent and serve all of us and not just your own party. Remember Rep Swallwell, democratic party leadership doesn't actually get to elect or re-elect you. Sure they can throw money and resources your way to help your cause, but imagine where social media will be in a few years and how, if you fail to deliver on them, your 2012 promises will spread like wildfire along with your actual performance compared to promises. I hope you don't have serious explaining to do and that instead, you follow through and work for us all no matter our party. You were voted in almost as much as stark was voted out. Many didn't care who got elected just as long as it wasn't him. Much weight will be placed on your legislative activities over the next year and a half to determine if you've remembered all of us or choose strict party lines, completely opposite of your 3012 message. I hope future statements of yours speak to reaching a Ross the aisle as you assured in you would. Many of us are watching and many are prepared to find another candidate for the next election cycle that will do what you fail to.
Mark Tarte January 08, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Eric, word of advice. If you continue to put party ahead of country in your statements, as above, you will lose independents like me in two years who voted for you. Congratulations on your win and the appointment to the assistant whip. Just remember, country over party.
Nick January 08, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Of course he's aligning behind the Democratic Party...because he's a Democrat. He was assigned to a Democratic position. So, obviously he's going to say he's proud his party has put him in an important position with him being so new, it says nothing about putting his party above country.
Nick January 08, 2013 at 09:52 AM
He wasn't putting party ahead of country, in nowhere in his statement did he say that.
Liz Wickham January 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
During his campaign, Eric defined himself as a moderate Democrat - which is good news for those of us who lean fiscally conservative. But this is a tough district. It will likely never be anything but Democrat, and because Stark didn't retire gracefully and let his "anointed successor" run this time, the district will be in play again in two years. Eric is smart and strategic and will have to work hard in those two years to prove himself to the majority in order to win again.
Tom January 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Too bad Steny Hoyer just appointed a guy who solicited Republican votes in order to get elected. Swalwell received more Republicans votes than he did Democratic votes. That fact does not make him a Democrat. Next election when the Republicans abandon Swalwell, he will be without a job.
Elaine Schmitz January 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I'm glad you were appointed and will be watching for your growth. One thing I'd like to comment upon, your reference to your new ideas. Except for geniuses like Einstein, very few of us have new ideas. Rather, I would like all our lawmakers to comb the wisdom of history and cull the best ideas for new applications to our current issues. I don't know that you are a genius, but I do think you have the savvy to apply the best ideas to this session of Congress.
Mike January 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
"I look forward to working with him to advance the priorities of the American people, including efforts to promote job creation and strengthen the middle class.” Swalwell believes in green jobs, you know, the kind of green jobs that caused a 25% unemployment rate in Spain.
Edward January 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The Hardest, time consuming job goes to the Apprentice. Fast track to learning all your fellow members and hearing an earfull of "why did you unseat our friend "Pete Stark". They have put his "Feet to the Fire" right out of the shoot. Go get 'Em Eric.
Edward January 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Republicans were USED to get a DEMOCRAT Elected. Now, unless it has a direct bearing on the Tri-valley area, don't expect to much leaning to the GOP in his votes.
Zinn January 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
What a breath of fresh air to have Eric in there instead that idiot Pete Stark...
timothy January 08, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I am an independent so I would rather see Eric keep toward the middle. I hope for his sake he makes the right choices. Be careful Eric, or there may be someone new right behind you.
Rob Phillips January 08, 2013 at 08:44 PM
This post contains mostly nonsense regarding Congressional befefits. This continues to circulate on the web in forwarded emails from "concerned citizens." Check it out at http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/28thamendment.asp and you will see the "False" rating regarding this and the Congressional Reform Act of 2013. Until you do your homework, be wary of forwarding "common sense" proposals to "do something" about Congress. They are someone's real expression of frustration and outrage, but they are not "real" legislative proposals.
Mark Tarte January 08, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Nick, I was referring to this quote: "I believe my youthful energy and new ideas will help our party and our country move forward in the 113th Congress.” It may be semantics, but when I see party before country in a sentence, that doesn't make me feel comfortable about any one, democrat or republican.
Brian January 09, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Eric - Congratulations on your assignment. You won this election to represent all constituents in the New CA 15th CD. I for one know you have what it takes to best do that even though there's no way you'll make everyone happy! Make us proud Eric!
Mr.G January 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Punxnotdead January 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Congrats. I'm Libertarian and proud to say I voted for Eric (too bad my party didn't have its own candidate though). New blood helps put dinosaurs out to pasture.
Mr.G January 15, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Guy Houston will be remembered when it comes to Eric's performance. Guy Houston campaigned for Eric. I voted for Eric and was hopeful of something more than hoping on tired old political agendas like the AWB.


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