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Jim Swift

Jim Swift is a senior editor at The Bulwark. He worked at The Weekly Standard from 2012 to 2018, where his last post was as deputy online editor. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and elsewhere. Before TWS, he worked for five years for members of the House and Senate as a tax staffer, working for Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) on Ways and Means Committee matters and Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on Finance Committee matters. In 2004, he worked as a field staffer for President Bush’s re-election campaign. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Articles by Jim Swift (page 1)

January 12, 2023 5:30 am

Will the House GOP Really Walk the Plank for the Fair Tax?

In his desperation to win the speakership, Kevin McCarthy promised to put the gimmicky old idea up for a vote.
Jim Swift
January 5, 2023 8:01 am

Pennsylvania’s New Dem Gov. Picks Republican to Oversee State Elections

Josh Shapiro, the moderate who defeated Doug Mastriano, fulfills his pledge to make a pro-democracy pick.
Jim Swift
November 29, 2022 5:30 am

What to Expect From a Kevin McCarthy Speakership

We ask seven former House Republicans to share their predictions.
Jim Swift
November 7, 2022 5:30 am

Josh Shapiro Makes His Closing Argument

On the bus with the Democrat running for governor of Pennsylvania.
Jim Swift
October 31, 2022 5:30 am

If McMullin Wins and Won’t Caucus With Either Party, What Happens to His Committee Assignments?

Here’s what the rules and the precedents tell us.
Jim Swift
October 28, 2022 9:01 am

A Moderate Running in Immoderate Times

Democrat Abigail Spanberger’s focus on policy, plans, and people.
Jim Swift
October 26, 2022 5:30 am

Ted Cruz’s Shadow Presidential Campaign

He sure doesn’t want to be a senator anymore.
Jim Swift
October 25, 2022 5:30 am

He Couldn’t Stand on the Sidelines When an Election Denier Ran for Re-Election

Arizona’s Clint Smith hopes his independent challenge to Rep. Andy Biggs will rouse other members of the LDS Church to…
Jim Swift
October 11, 2022 5:30 am

Tim Ryan Muddles Through

The Democratic candidate for Ohio’s vacant Senate seat failed to break away in his debate with poverty-memoirist-turned-venture-capitalist J.D. Vance.
Jim Swift
September 7, 2022 5:30 am

My Neighbor, the Presidential Candidate

What drives someone like Jay Torres—an Army veteran and political neophyte running for the GOP nomination in 2024—to seek the…
Jim Swift