(ABC News) – Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., joined the pool of 2020 Democratic presidential candidatesafter making a long-anticipated announcement on “The Late Show“ with Stephen Colbert.
“It’s official,“ Swalwell said on the show. “Boy did it feel good to say that.“
At the top of his agenda is gun control and the day after his announcement, Swalwell was holding a Town Hall to End Gun Violence in Sunrise, Florida, with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and families. The Parkland, Florida school was the scene of a mass shooting. Seventeen people were killed in the 2018 massacre.
In February, Swalwell re-introduced a bill to protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence.
A week ahead of Swalwell announcing his run for the White House, he shared a 47-second long voicemail message on Twitter that threatened his life.
“Eric Swalwell … here’s a little ditty for ya… Pop pop popbop pop pop, thirty round clip. You’re all gonna drop,“ the caller said.
In that same tweet, Swalwell wrote, “I’m not afraid of this guy. I’m not afraid of the NRA. I’m not afraid. No fear. #EndGunViolence“
In 2012, he defeated Rep. Pete Stark, who had served in Congress for 40 years. It was the first election cycle under California’s top-two primary system, where the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the general election, according to FiveThirtyEight. Swalwell continues to represent the 15th Congressional District and currently serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is chairman of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee.
In 2015, he founded the “Future Forum,” a group of 50 young House Democratic members who are focused on addressing issues for and giving opportunities to millennial Americans.