Juan Vargas

Juan Vargas

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Juan Vargas

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Juan C. Vargas (born March 7, 1961) is an American politician. He is a Democrat and former member of the California State Assembly.

Personal life

Juan Vargas was born on an egg ranch in National City, California, where he grew up very poor. He is the third of ten children of Tomas and Celina Vargas, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero program.

Vargas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from University of San Diego and earned an MA in Humanities from Fordham University in New York. After college, Vargas joined the Jesuit Novitiate (introduction) in Santa Barbara. In the Jesuits, Juan served in an orphanage in the civil-war-torn jungles of El Salvador. Later, he was accepted into Harvard Law School, graduated with a JD from Harvard Law School where he was classmates with President Barack Obama.

During the 1999 armed conflict in Kosovo, Vargas welcomed a Kosovar refugee family into their home for nearly two years. He and his wife Adrienne live in the Golden Hill area of San Diego and have two daughters.

Political career

Vargas served on the San Diego City Council from 1993–2000. While on the Council, he created "Operation Restore" to employ homeless individuals to remove graffiti and to rehabilitate homes.

November 2000, Vargas was elected to represent the 79th District in the California State Assembly in by a wide margin. On June 6, 2006, Vargas received 43%...
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