On July 8, 2019, Eric Swalwell, who represents California’s 15th district in the US House, became the first participant of any prominence to bow out of the Democratic Party’s crowded field of candidates for the 2020 Presidential nomination. “We wanted to be honest with ourselves and with our supporters,” he said — and his honest appraisal was that his campaign was not sustainable.
Swalwell is serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives, from a district said to be the 11th wealthiest in the country. He is a member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, the Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the LGBT Equality Caucus. He is on two critical committees — Intelligence and Judiciary.
Swalwell announced his candidacy on April 8 of this year, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He told Colbert he was running because “I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threat from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home.”
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Swalwell had sought to make gun violence and gun control the central focus of his campaign. He proposed to implement a “mandatory buyback program” to reduce the number of assault weapons on the streets. It is unclear whether any other candidate in the still-crowded field will seek to step into this space.