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Vargas ran for election in the [[State legislative elections, 2010|2010 election]] for [[California State Senate elections, 2010|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.<ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/stsen/ California Senate primary results]</ref><ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/01/3150547/california-senate-results.html Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results]</ref>
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Vargas ran for election in the [[State legislative elections, 2010|2010 election]] for [[California State Senate elections, 2010|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2010-primary/ ''California Secretary of State'', "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/01/3150547/california-senate-results.html Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results]</ref>
  
 
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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 primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,061,806
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2001-2006
California State Senate District 40
December 6, 2010-January 2, 2013
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
Juan Vargas (b. March 7, 1961, in National City, California) 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 set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[5] For more information pertaining to Vargas's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "No" 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[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% 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

Voted "No" 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]

Voted "Yes" 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.[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

Voted "No" 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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

Voted "No" 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

Voted "No" 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.[25]

Elections

2014

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

Vargas is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place 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.[26][27][28]

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.[29][30]

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[31]

Campaign donors

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.[32]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Vargas' reports.[33]

Juan Vargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$51,187.75$86,602.88$(98,461.35)$39,329.28
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$39,329.28$103,345.36$(73,544.00)$69,130.64
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$69,130.64$75,704.81$(49,920.35)$94,915.10
Year-End[37]January 30, 2014$94,915$63,493$(86,311)$72,097
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$72,097$62,152$(69,097)$65,151
Pre-Primary[39]May 19, 2014$65,151$57,049$(26,270)$95,930
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2014$95,930$81,600$(69,225)$108,304
Running totals
$529,947.05$(472,828.7)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Vargas' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Vargas spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Vargas raised $942,563 in contributions.[43]

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

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 June 4, 2013.[44]

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.[45]

Vargas most often votes with:

Vargas least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[47]

Juan Vargas Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$1,178,505-24.14%
2011$1,553,505N/A

Voting with party

2013

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.[48]

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"
  2. sacbee.com, "The Buzz: Negrete McLeod and Vargas resign from California Senate before new Congress begins," January 3, 2013
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  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
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  27. Unofficial election results
  28. Sacramento Bee, "Sen. Juan Vargas opts for congressional run," June 9, 2011
  29. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  30. Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
  31. Juan Vargas' campaign website, Issues
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Juan Vargas," Accessed March 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Juan Vargas Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "Juan Vargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  43. followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  44. Gov Track "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 4, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Juan Vargas," Accessed July 31, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Juan Vargas," Accessed April 2, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Juan Vargas (D-Calif), 2012"
  48. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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)