Swalwell named vice chair of Democrats' steering committee

Local congressman also hires new communications director

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes San Ramon, was appointed last week as vice chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the Democratic policy agenda and nominates Democratic members for committee assignments.

Swalwell, a second-term congressman, has served on the committee since November 2014.

"I'm honored by the trust that Leader (Nancy) Pelosi has placed in me with this elevation to vice chair," Swalwell said in a statement. "It won't be hard to demonstrate that House Democrats' message -- especially on issues such as student loan debt, college affordability and millennial entrepreneurship -- should resonate with all Americans."

Pelosi praised the local congressman's committee work to date, saying, "In his new role as vice chair, Eric's voice and vision will help shape how we communicate our agenda with the American people."

"The Steering Committee embodies the energy, drive, diversity and strategic vision of all House Democrats," added Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

In other news:

Swalwell announced a week earlier that he has a new communications director, hiring former Bay Area News Group reporter and columnist Josh Richman to head outreach efforts for his office after his former director, Allison Bormel, left to join President Barack Obama's administration as a senior communications adviser.

"Allison has been a tremendous asset to our office for the past three years. I know that she will do a terrific job advising the administration on communications strategy," Swalwell said.

"While I'm sad to see her go, I look forward to working with Josh. He is a well-respected and award-winning writer in the Bay Area, whose work is followed nationally," the congressman added. "His journalism experience and personal ties to the East Bay will help further expand our outreach and engagement with constituents."

Richman will be based in Swalwell's district office in Pleasanton.

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