|U.S. House, California, District 51|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Bob Filner (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|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|
|Date of birth||March 7, 1961|
|Place of birth||National City, CA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 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 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.
Vargas works for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps as an Associate Attorney.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Vargas's 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
Vargas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 51st District. He and Michael Crimmins (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, 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 November 6, 2012, general election.
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.
|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 advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Mary Salas in the June 8 primary election. He then advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Republican Brian Hendry in the November 2 general election.
|California State Senate, District 40 General Election (2010)|
|Juan Vargas (D)||101,767|
|Brian Hendry (R)||69,417|
|California State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Juan Vargas (D)||24,282|
|Mary Salas (D)||24,260|
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|
|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
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 - 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.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress 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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- 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
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 17, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Sacramento Bee, "Sen. Juan Vargas opts for congressional run," June 9, 2011
- California Senate primary results
- Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
- Juan Vargas' campaign website, Issues
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Juan Vargas," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Juan Vargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- 2010 contributions
- Gov Track "Juan Vargas," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Juan Vargas," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Vargas, (D-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|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)
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