Al Swift is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster who served as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Washington as a Democrat. He currently is a principal with the Washington, D.C. political strategy firm, Colling, Swift and Hynes.
Swift was first elected to the House in 1978, replacing the retiring Lloyd Meeds, for whom he had served as administrative assistant from 1965 to 1969 and from 1977 to 1978. He returned to broadcasting in the intervening years.
While in Congress, Swift served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as chairman of its Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials. He also served as chairman of the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections. Among his accomplishments was being the author of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. He also was author and led passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the “motor-voter” legislation. Swift retired in 1995.
Prior to his 16 years in Congress, Swift was a broadcaster with several Washington state radio stations. In addition, he was director of news and public affairs at KVOS-TV in Bellingham where he produced weekly public affairs programs and documentaries, earning him a regional Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Following his final term in Congress, Swift was vice president of governmental affairs with Burlington Northern Railroad until its merger with Santa Fe Railroad in 1996.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Swift received a B.A. from Central Washington College of Education.