Swalwell named to party leadership post

Youngest co-chair of Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

San Ramon's Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) was appointed last week to a key leadership post within his party, as Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives selected him to serve as co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Swalwell, who was elected to his third term in Congress last month, said he was "humbled" to be chosen to co-chair the committee that advises party leaders on policy and assigns fellow Democrats to other House committees.

At 36, he is the youngest person to hold the post.

"I'm eager to take on this responsibility, in fulfillment of my promise to bring new ideas and energy to Washington," Swalwell said in a statement Friday. "The real winners of today's contest are the people I represent in the East Bay -- my home, my neighbors, my friends who have entrusted me with their representation -- who will benefit with their representative in senior leadership."

The local congressman was nominated for the post by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who first named him to the committee two years ago and elevated him to vice chair last February.

The other committee co-chair is Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

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