OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is considering a presidential run in 2020 after having served six years in Congress.
In 2012, at just 31-years-old, he beat 40-year incumbent Pete Stark to win a seat in the House, representing parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Now 37-years-old, he's aiming higher with a possible presidential bid in two years.
“I’m considering it,” said Swalwell. “I think the ability to bring new energy, new ideas and new leadership is what our country needs.”
Swalwell sits on two notable committees, the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee. He’s laying the groundwork having visited Iowa, home of the first caucus, six times since April. He’s also been to several other states around the country.
“Mostly to help candidates who are running so we can change the course of our country so we can cut our time in hell in half and elect a new Congress,” said Swalwell.
He’s also made the rounds on national television. He’s been vocal about Congress’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and critical of President Trump.
“As this president has been a wrecking ball to our democracy,” said Swalwell. “I've tried to be a voice against to what he's doing and a vote and someone who is offering a different vision.”
Shane Patrick Connolly is with the Santa Clara County Republican Party.
“It’s certainly interesting given that he's not a household name,” said Connolly. “He would definitely be a dark horse candidate.”
Local Republicans said they’re surprised by Swalwell's ambition given other better known Democrat names are out there.
KTVU Political Analyst Brian Sobel agrees Swalwell's chances are slim given his age and experience. Sobel said Swalwell may simply be trying to raise his national profile.
“I would think at the end of the day he doesn't run in 2020 but he spends a lot of time on the campaign trail with Democrats around the country,” said Sobel. “He raises his profile and keeps his options open.”