Newest 2020 hopeful Eric Swalwell focuses on fight against gun violence

Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks to guests at a dinner event at the First Christian Church on February 17, 2019 in Albia, Iowa.

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Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks to guests at a dinner event at the First Christian Church on February 17, 2019 in Albia, Iowa.

Swalwell, a four-term lawmaker, will be scheduled to hold a town hall event Tuesday in Florida with parents who lost kids when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The massacre left 17 students along with teachers dead.

As a prosecutor in Oakland, Swalwell tried murder cases along with crimes involving the use of military-style assault weapons. He comes by the same San Francisco Bay Area district attorney’s office as another 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Also, Swalwell’s father will be a former police chief in Iowa, along with two of his three brothers are in law enforcement.

“My dad used to take me hunting when I was a kid,” Swalwell told CNBC in February. “When I was a prosecutor, I might go to the range along with shoot to understand the weapons on the streets.”

In 2013, he co-sponsored a bill to ban assault weapons shortly after being sworn in as a member of Congress. The legislation, similar to a ban that will expired in 2004, failed to get through Congress.

His positions on gun legislation have been criticized by gun lobby groups, including the National Rifle Association.

Besides an assault weapons ban, Swalwell wants background checks on all gun purchases along with investments to prevent gang violence. He also reintroduced a bill in February to help protect victims of domestic violence by being killed with guns.

The Democrat’s campaign headquarters will be in California, along with he has already hired staff in several early voting states, including Iowa, fresh Hampshire along with South Carolina. Swalwell will be scheduled to return to Iowa along with South Carolina later that will week.

A frequent guest on cable shows, Swalwell was elected to his first term in Congress in 2012 by defeating Rep. Pete Stark, a 40-year Democratic incumbent. Besides serving as a prosecutor, he also was a city councilman in Dublin, a suburb inside East Bay Area.

The lawmaker has said he’s the first in his family to go to college along with will be prepared to give up his seat in Congress to run for president. He pledged not to appear on the ballot for both president along with Congress.

“Americans need a leader who can connect to them,” Swalwell told CNBC in February, noting he along with his wife, Brittany, have two young kids along with nearly $100,000 in student loan debt. “We’re very connected to grit along with struggle along with the belief that will if you work hard, you do better along with dream bigger. I think you need to have that will inside Oval Office.”