|U.S. House, California, District 51|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Bob Filner (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$8.87 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||June 3, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Assembly|
|California State Senate District 40|
|December 6, 2010-January 2, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of San Diego, 1983|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Birthday||March 7, 1961|
|Place of birth||National City, CA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Vargas is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 40 from 2010 until his resignation on January 2, 2013. Prior to his election to the California State Senate, Vargas served in the California State Assembly from 2001 to 2006. He was also a member of the San Diego City Council.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Vargas is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Vargas earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1983. He went on to receive his M.A. in Humanities from Fordham University. He then earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Vargas works for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps as an Associate Attorney.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Vargas' academic, professional and political career:
- 1983: Graduated from University of San Diego with B.A.
- 1987: Graduated from Fordham University with M.A.
- 1991: Graduated from Harvard University with J.D.
- 1993-2000: Member of the San Diego City Council
- 2000-2006: California State Assembly
- 2010-2012: California State Senate
- 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California
Vargas serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and risk Management
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
- Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
- House Administration Committee
California State Senate
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vargas served on these committees:
- Banking and Financial Institutions, Chair
- Business, Professions and Economic Development
- Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities
- Public Employment and Retirement Committee, California Senate
- Rules Committee, California Legislature
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Vargas's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Vargas voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Vargas voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Vargas voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.Vargas voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Vargas joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Vargas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Vargas voted for HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination
Vargas voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Vargas voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Vargas voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Vargas voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Vargas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 51st District. He and Michael Crimmins (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Denise Moreno Ducheny (D), Daniel Ramirez (D), John Brooks (D), Xanthi Gionis (R) and Bernard Portley (R). Vargas went on to defeat Crimmins in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Vargas' campaign spent between $40,000 and $50,000 to promote his Republican primary and preferred general election opponent Michael Crimmins in the primary election. The goal of this venture was to help a Republican advance to the general election so that Vargas could easily win in the general election, since the 51st District is heavily Democratic.
|U.S. House, California District 51 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
Vargas ran for election in the 2010 election for California State Senate District 40. Vargas defeated Mary Salas in the June 8 Democratic primary and defeated Brian Hendry (R) in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.
|California State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2010|
|California State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2010|
Vargas' website listed the following issues:
- Good paying jobs for trained workers
- Solar and green power economic growth
- Educational opportunity for all children
- In-home supportive healthcare services for the aged and infirmed
- Fixing the budget mess created by the politicians currently in Sacramento
Comprehensive donor information for Vargas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Vargas raised a total of $1,061,806 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Juan Vargas's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 51)||$1,061,806|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,061,806|
|Juan Vargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$51,187.75||$86,602.88||$(98,461.35)||$39,329.28|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$39,329.28||$103,345.36||$(73,544.00)||$69,130.64|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$69,130.64||$75,704.81||$(49,920.35)||$94,915.10|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$94,915||$63,493||$(86,311)||$72,097|
Vargas won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Vargas' campaign committee raised a total of $1,061,806 and spent $1,010,618. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Vargas spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 51, 2012 - Juan Vargas Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$25,374|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$29,820|
|Top contributors to Juan Vargas's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$16,500|
|American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons||$12,500|
|New Democrat Coalition||$10,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$54,000|
|Building Trade Unions||$42,000|
In 2010, Vargas raised $942,563 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|California Association Of Realtors||$15,600|
|California Dental Association||$15,600|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Vargas most often votes with:
Vargas least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Vargas missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Vargas' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $477,011 and $1,879,999. That averages to $1,178,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Vargas ranked as the 189th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Juan Vargas Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Vargas has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 64th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Vargas and his wife, Adrienne, have two children.
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- US lawmakers, frustrated by South Sudan violence, question aid - Reuters India
- No earmarks in US spending bill, but plenty of money for folks back home - Reuters
- Congressman Vargas Applauds End to FDA User Fee Sequester - Imperial Valley News
- Congressional Leaders Secure Funding for San Ysidro Expansion - Patch.com
- Florida Sheriff: 'Trey Radel Does Not Even Qualify To Drive A Lee County ... - Huffington Post
- GOP Rep. Luke Messer On Republicans: 'We Sound Like Meanies When We Talk' - Huffington Post
- Martha McSally's Bid To Flip Arizona Dem Ron Barber's House Seat Just Got A ... - Huffington Post
- Steinberg says governors should fill CA legislative vacancies - Sacramento Bee (blog)
- State Legislature To Consider Doing Away With Special Elections - Patch.com
- Alan Grayson To Host Fundraiser For Daylin Leach - Huffington Post
- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from California
- California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2014
- California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012
- California's 51st Congressional District
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- sacbee.com, "The Buzz: Negrete McLeod and Vargas resign from California Senate before new Congress begins," January 3, 2013
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- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
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- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
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- California Senate primary results
- Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
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|U.S. House, California, District 51
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
Denise Moreno Ducheny
|California State Senate District 40
2010–January 2, 2013
| Succeeded by|
Ben Hueso (D)