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}}{{tnr}}'''Juan Vargas''' (b. March 7, 1961) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[California's 51st congressional district elections, 2012|the 51st Congressional District]] of [[California]].  He was first elected in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Juan Vargas''' (b. March 7, 1961, in National City, California) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
  
Vargas is a former [[Democratic]] member of the [[California State Senate]], representing District 40 from 2010 until his resignation on January 2, 2013.<ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/03/5089066/the-buzz-negrete-mcleod-and-vargas.html ''sacbee.com,'' "The Buzz: Negrete McLeod and Vargas resign from California Senate before new Congress begins," January 3, 2013]</ref>  Prior to his election to the [[California State Senate]], Vargas served in the [[California State Assembly]] from 2001 to 2006.He is also a member of the San Diego City Council.  
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Vargas is a former [[Democratic]] member of the [[California State Senate]], representing District 40 from 2010 until his resignation on January 2, 2013.<ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/03/5089066/the-buzz-negrete-mcleod-and-vargas.html ''sacbee.com,'' "The Buzz: Negrete McLeod and Vargas resign from California Senate before new Congress begins," January 3, 2013]</ref>  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 earned his BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1983. He went on to receive his MA in Humanities from Fordham University. He then earned his JD from Harvard Law School.
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Vargas is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.
  
Vargas works for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps as an Associate Attorney.
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==Biography==
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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. 
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Vargas works for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps as an Associate Attorney.
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==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Vargas' academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=V000130 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 17, 2011]</ref>
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*1983: Graduated from University of San Diego with B.A.
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*1987: Graduated from Fordham University with M.A.
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*1991: Graduated from Harvard University with J.D.
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*1993-2000: Member of the San Diego City Council
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*2000-2006: [[California State Assembly]]
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*2010-2012: [[California State Senate]]
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*2013-Present: U.S Representative from California
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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**Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on House Administration|House Administration Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on House Administration|House Administration Committee]]
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===California State Senate===
 
===California State Senate===
 
====2011-2012====
 
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*[[Public Employment and Retirement Committee, California Senate]]
 
*[[Public Employment and Retirement Committee, California Senate]]
 
*[[Rules Committee, California Legislature]]
 
*[[Rules Committee, California Legislature]]
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==Issues==
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===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Oppose 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Support vote}} Vargas voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Vargas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Health Care Reform Rules=====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''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]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Abortion=====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Vargas is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the [[blanket primary]] on June 3, 2013. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[California's 51st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Vargas won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 51st congressional district elections, 2012|51st District]].<ref name="cnnr"/> He and [[Michael Crimmins]] (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, [[blanket primary]], defeating [[Denise Moreno Ducheny]] (D), [[Daniel Ramirez]] (D), [[John Brooks (California)|John Brooks]] (D), [[Xanthi Gionis]] (R), and [[Bernard Portley]] (R).  They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/2012-elections/june-primary/pdf/june-2012-candidates-list.pdf California Secretary of State, Official candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-congress/district/all/ Unofficial election results]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/06/california-juan-vargas-opts-for-congress-run.html ''Sacramento Bee,'' "Sen. Juan Vargas opts for congressional run," June 9, 2011]</ref>
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Vargas won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012|51st District]].<ref name="cnnr"/> He and [[Michael Crimmins]] (R) advanced past the [[blanket primary]] on June 5, 2012, defeating [[Denise Moreno Ducheny]] (D), [[Daniel Ramirez]] (D), [[John Brooks (California)|John Brooks]] (D), [[Xanthi Gionis]] (R) and [[Bernard Portley]] (R).  Vargas went on to defeat Crimmins in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/2012-elections/june-primary/pdf/june-2012-candidates-list.pdf California Secretary of State, Official candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-congress/district/all/ Unofficial election results]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/06/california-juan-vargas-opts-for-congress-run.html ''Sacramento Bee,'' "Sen. Juan Vargas opts for congressional run," June 9, 2011]</ref>
  
Vargas's 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.
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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.
  
 
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|candidate5 = John Brooks (D)
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|candidate6 = Daniel C. Ramirez (D)
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|candidate7 = Bernard Portley (R)
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===2010===
 
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:: ''See also: [[California State Senate elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[California State Senate elections, 2010]]''
  
Vargas advanced past the June 5, 2012, [[blanket primary]], defeating [[Mary Salas]] in the June 8 primary election.<ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/stsen/ California Senate primary results]</ref> He then advanced past the June 5, 2012, [[blanket primary]], defeating Republican [[Brian Hendry]] in the November 2 general election.<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://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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| colspan="2" | {{won}} '''Juan Vargas (D)'''
 
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| colspan="2" | {{won}} '''Juan Vargas (D)'''
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Vargas' reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2CA50026 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Juan Vargas Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Juan Vargas Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Vargas's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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[[File:Juan Vargas Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|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's campaign committee raised a total of $1,061,806 and spent $1,010,618.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00007021&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Juan Vargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00007021&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Juan Vargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Vargas spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Vargas is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic follower]]" as of June 4, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/juan_vargas/412522 ''Gov Track'' "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412522_Juan_Vargas ''OpenCongress,'' "Juan Vargas," Accessed July 31, 2013]</ref>
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Vargas most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[David Price]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Vargas least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Justin Amash]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/juan_vargas/412522 ''GovTrack,'' "Juan Vargas," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Vargas's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $977,011 and $2,130,000. That averages to $1,553,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007021&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Vargas, (D-Cali), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Vargas' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $977,011 and $2,130,000. That averages to $1,553,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007021&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Vargas, (D-Cali), 2011"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/democrat ''OpenCongress'' "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
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==See also==
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[United States congressional delegations from California]]
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*[[California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[California's 51st Congressional District]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.votevargas.com/ Juan Vargas's campaign website]
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*[http://www.votevargas.com/ Juan Vargas' campaign website]
 
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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
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$1,553,505
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 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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

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.[10] 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.[11] Vargas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20][21][22]

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.[23][24]

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[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Juan Vargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$51,187.75$86,602.88$(98,461.35)$39,329.28
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$39,329.28$103,345.36$(73,544.00)$69,130.64
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$69,130.64$75,704.81$(49,920.35)$94,915.10
Year-End[31]January 30, 2014$94,915$63,493$(86,311)$72,097
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$72,097$62,152$(69,097)$65,151
Pre-Primary[33]May 19, 2014$65,151$57,049$(26,270)$95,930
July Quarterly[34]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.[35] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Vargas spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Vargas raised $942,563 in contributions. [37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Vargas' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $977,011 and $2,130,000. That averages to $1,553,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[41]

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.[42]

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 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. 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
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  21. Unofficial election results
  22. Sacramento Bee, "Sen. Juan Vargas opts for congressional run," June 9, 2011
  23. California Senate primary results
  24. Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
  25. Juan Vargas' campaign website, Issues
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Juan Vargas," Accessed March 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Juan Vargas Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  35. Open Secrets "Juan Vargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. 2010 contributions
  38. Gov Track "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 4, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Juan Vargas," Accessed July 31, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Juan Vargas," Accessed April 2, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Vargas, (D-Cali), 2011"
  42. 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)