April 8, 2019 - U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Announces Candidacy 

April 14, 2019 - Kickoff Rally in Dublin, CA

• On April 8 U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell announced on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” and via video. Swalwell, 38, was elected to Congress representing the East Bay (CA-15) in 2012; he defeated a longtime incumbent. In the pre-campaign periond, Swalwell was very active; in 2017-18, he made 14 trips to Iowa (totaling 24 days), more than any 2020 prospect except declared candidate U.S. Rep. John Delaney. He has made combatting gun violence a signature issue.

• Following the announcement on "The Late Show," Swalwell did ten days of travel, starting with a town hall to end gun violence in Sunrise, FL on April 9, visiting early states, and on April 14 holding a kickoff rally at Dublin High School in his congressional district. His speech, at almost 45 minutes, was one of the longer launch speeches of this cycle.

APRIL 8, 2019                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DUBLIN, CA – Congressman Eric Swalwell is a candidate for President of the United States.
Swalwell, an Iowa native now serving his fourth term representing California’s 15th Congressional District, announced his candidacy Monday night on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The announcement kicks off a 10-day national sweep with events planned in Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, California, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

“I’ve been in Congress for six years. I see an America in quicksand, making zero progress on anything that matters. I hear from school children who are learning in fear because too many lawmakers love their guns more than they love our kids,” Swalwell said. “We can no longer count on the same old people to solve the same old problems. Nothing will change until we have a leader who is willing to go big on the issues, be bold with solutions, and do good in governing.”

“So we will go big, be bold, do good, to bring the promise of America to all Americans. The promise is a simple one: if you work hard, your blood, sweat, and tears should add up to you doing better for yourself and dreaming bigger for your kids. That’s why I’m running for President.”

Read more about Eric Swalwell’s background and platform at 

Swalwell, 38, is co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; founder and chairman emeritus of Future Forum, House Democrats’ millennial engagement group; chairman of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

He’s the eldest of four sons of a retired police officer and a senior administrative assistant, the first in his family to go to college, and a former prosecutor and city councilman. He and his wife, Brittany, have a son, Nelson, and a daughter, Cricket.

The itinerary for the next 10 days includes:


  • 6:00pmET-7:00pmET – Town Hall to End Gun Violence with Parkland-area families, BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL 33323. (Please enter at Gate 5, turn right into Parking Lot B16, and enter the building via the patio next to the box office.)


  • 6:00pmCT-8:00pmCT – Town Hall, Gallery Meeting Room at Iowa State University Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011
  • 8:30pmCT-9:30pmCT – Politics in the Pub, Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave., Ames, IA 50010


  • 6:00pmET-7:00pmET – Town Hall, West End Community Development Center, 404 Vardry St, Greenville, SC 29601


  • 2:00pmPT-4:00pmPT – Kickoff Rally at Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568


  • 6:30pmPT-7:30pmPT – Town Hall with the UNLV Young Democrats, UNLV Student Union, Phillip J. Cohen Theatre, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154


  • 5:30pmET-7:00pmET – Meet and greet with Democrats in the Four Town Coalition of East Kingston, Kensington, Newton, and South Hampton, Jewell Towne Vineyards, 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton, NH.

April 8, 2019 Video "Go big. Be bold. Do good." (2m12s)


(Walking in the snow in Sac City): Greetings from Sac City, Iowa. This is where I was born. My dad was a police officer. My mom, she made dollhouses in the garage that she sold, and baked wedding cakes.

Vicky Swalwell: Somehow we raised them all the same and one of them turns out to be a Democrat [laughs].

(town hall): They just wanted one thing for me.

(in the snow in Sac City): It's where I learned about the promise of America.

(town hall): To be the first in the family to go to college

(voiceover): I'm on the road in Iowa right now. My wife and our two kids that are two are at home. I miss them like crazy. Too much time on Facetime with them; not enough time looking them, y'know, in the eyes.

Brittany: He thrives as an underdog. When you give him an obstacle that no one thinks he can overcome, he does.

(in gun shop): Heard that there was a gun shop in town that would be open to just talking to me about just some of the legislation that we're considering.

Joshua: You tell him he can't do something, he's going to do it.

(in wood paneled room): Today we are just governing crisis to crisis.

(driving): Y'know I'm from the first generation that might do worse than our parents. We can't do nothing.

(in wood paneled room): We have to in this country go big on the issues we take on.

(driving): Most Americans believe we need to have coverage for all when it comes to health care.

(in wood paneled room): Be bold in the solutions we offer.

(driving): Most Americans believe that to be free of gun violence.

(on FOX): I wen the the funeral for four police officers that were killed by an assault weapon.

(driving): We should take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people.

(in wood paneled room): And do good in the way that we govern.

(driving): And most Americans agree that to address climate chaos, to make sure your house doesn't end up underwater or on fire, we should do something about it but make sure that we're not pitting workers against their job.

(speaking to large audience): The economy is not the unemployment rate.

(driving): Donald Trump was bold, but a lot of what he was bold about was just bulls**t.

(speaking in Calif.): And the economy is not the stock market. It's you.

(voiceover): You look your family in the eyes and ask, how is our future any better off than before this guy came around?

(town hall): I've got just under $100,000 in student loan debt today.

(voiceover): Are you doing better, saving more, and dreaming bigger?

(driving): We can do all that.

(NHIOP): Go big. Be bold. Do good.

(with Ruchir): Alright, I'm with Ruchir from Dougherty Valley High School. Hes the winner of the Congressional App Challenge. Ruchir tell us a little bit about what it is.
Ruchir: Hey guys, I'm Ruchir...

Republican National Committee
April 8, 2019

"Eric Swalwell is the latest delusional Democrat to enter the race. He has no legislative accomplishments, so he's running on the same socialist policies like government-run health care that the rest of the field has embraced. Swalwell is too extreme for most Americans and he will never be president." - RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens

Here’s just some of what you need to know about Swalwell:

1. Washington Examiner, 11/16/18

2. Congress.gov, 4/4/19

3. Huffington Post, 10/24/12

4. USA Today, 9/20/18

5. U.S. House of Representatives History, Art & Archives, Accessed 4/4/19