Juan Vargas

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Juan Vargas
Juan Vargas.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 51
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Filner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$8.87 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,061,806
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2000-2006
California State Senate District 40
2010-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of San Diego, 1983
Master'sFordham University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayMarch 7, 1961
Place of birthNational City, CA
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,178,505
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Juan Vargas campaign logo
Juan Vargas (b. March 7, 1961, in National City, CA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 51st Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012, when he defeated Michael Crimmins (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Vargas is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 40 from 2010 until his resignation on January 2, 2013.[2] 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.

Vargas is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Stephen Meade (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and will face off in the general election.

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.

Biography

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Vargas' academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Vargas serves on the following committees:[4]

California State Senate

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vargas served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Vargas's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Vargas voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png 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 permitted 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Vargas voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Vargas joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[16] 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.[17] Vargas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[19] 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.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Nay3.png 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Juan Vargas' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Vargas is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Vargas received a score of 47 percent on social issues and 28 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2014

Vargas is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Stephen Meade (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, unopposed.[28] They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012

Vargas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 51st District.[1] 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.[29][30][31]

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Vargas 71.5% 113,934
     Republican Michael Crimmins 28.5% 45,464
Total Votes 159,398
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 51 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Vargas (D) 46% 30,143
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Crimmins (R) 19.9% 13,016
Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) 15.4% 10,107
Xanthi Gionis (R) 6.8% 4,487
John Brooks (D) 5% 3,290
Daniel C. Ramirez (D) 4.3% 2,794
Bernard Portley (R) 2.5% 1,667
Total Votes 65,504

2010

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.[32][33]

California State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Vargas 59.4% 101,767
     Republican Brian Hendry 40.6% 69,417
Total Votes 171,184


Campaign themes

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[34]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Vargas attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[35]

Juan Vargas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 51) Won $1,061,806
Grand Total Raised $1,061,806


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Vargas' reports.[36]

Juan Vargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$51,187.75$86,602.88$(98,461.35)$39,329.28
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$39,329.28$103,345.36$(73,544.00)$69,130.64
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$69,130.64$75,704.81$(49,920.35)$94,915.10
Year-End[40]January 30, 2014$94,915$63,493$(86,311)$72,097
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$72,097$62,152$(69,097)$65,151
Pre-Primary[42]May 19, 2014$65,151$57,049$(26,270)$95,930
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$95,930$81,600$(69,225)$108,304
October Quarterly[44]October 8, 2014$108,304$108,447$(75,939)$140,812
Running totals
$638,394.05$(548,767.7)

2012

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.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Vargas spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.


2010

In 2010, Vargas raised $942,563 in contributions.[47]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Vargas, Juan $65,000
Afscme California $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
California Dental Association $15,600

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[48] Between 2011 and 2012, Vargas' calculated net worth[49] decreased by an average of 26 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[50]

Juan Vargas Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$1,585,654
2012$1,178,505
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-26%
Average annual growth:-26%[51]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Vargas received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Insurance industry.

From 1991-2014, 28.99 percent of Vargas' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[53]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Juan Vargas Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,093,305
Total Spent $2,971,373
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$298,531
Real Estate$226,250
Health Professionals$147,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$136,559
Commercial Banks$87,800
% total in top industry9.65%
% total in top two industries16.97%
% total in top five industries28.99%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Vargas is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Vargas received in June 2013.[54]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[55]

Vargas most often votes with:

Vargas least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Vargas missed 22 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[56]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Vargas ranked 161st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[57]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Vargas voted with the Democratic Party 91.6 percent of the time, which ranked 138th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Vargas voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 64th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Vargas and his wife, Adrienne, have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. sacbee.com, "The Buzz: Negrete McLeod and Vargas resign from California Senate before new Congress begins," January 3, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Juan Vargas," accessed June 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  50. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  52. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  57. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Filner
U.S. House, California, District 51
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Denise Moreno Ducheny
California State Senate District 40
2010–January 2, 2013
Succeeded by
Ben Hueso (D)