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