Swalwell appointed to Judiciary Committee

Also, retains seat on Intelligence Select Committee

Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell recently announced he will join the House Judiciary Committee in addition to continuing to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

A deputy district attorney in Alameda County before being elected to the House of Representatives, Swalwell said he was "honored" to be selected for the Judiciary Committee, which oversees matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies and law enforcement agencies.

"I believe my experience as an Alameda County prosecutor, and as the son and brother of law enforcement officers, will give me valuable perspective as I contribute to the committee's work to advance Americans' safety and equal protection under the law," said Swalwell, who is starting his third term in Congress.

"I also welcome this opportunity to more aggressively pursue issues on which I've voiced concern in the past, including voting rights, LGBT equality, comprehensive immigration reform, technology and intellectual property topics, and supporting a woman's right to make her own health care decisions," he added.

To join the Judiciary Committee, Swalwell had to give up his spot on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

He will continue to sit on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on which he serves as the CIA Subcommittee's ranking member. Swalwell also holds a leadership position within his party, as co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Pleasanton Weekly