Featured Member: Juan Vargas
Rep. Juan Vargas attended the University of San Diego on scholarship, graduated Magna Cum Laude receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983. In 1987, Juan earned a Master of Humanities from Fordham University in New York City and in 1991 earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he was classmates with President Barack Obama.
Juan worked as an attorney with the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps. Although he enjoyed the practice of law, Juan decided to contribute to his southern San Diego community as a public official. Juan was elected to the San Diego City Council on February 16, 1993.
In 2000, Juan was elected by a huge margin to the California State Assembly. In his first year as a State Legislator, Juan was appointed Assistant Majority Leader. Following the end of his term the State Assembly in 2006, Juan went on to serve as Vice President of External Affairs for Safeco Insurance and Vice President of Corporate Legal for Liberty Mutual Group.
In 2010, Juan answered the call to return to public service and was elected to the California State Senate where represented the 40th California State Senate District. Juan was elected to the United States Congress in 2012 with over 70 percent of the vote, the highest in both San Diego and Imperial counties.
In Congress, he has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, including the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; the Committee on Agriculture, including the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture; and the Committee on House Administration.
Juan lives in San Diego with his wife, Adrienne, an executive at the San Diego Foundation, and his daughters, Rosa and Helena.
July 31, 2013 - “As an ardent supporter of our greatest ally in the region, I believe that transferring our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will reaffirm our commitment to the state of Israel,” said Congressman Juan Vargas. “As a continuation of over 3,000 years of Jewish history, Jerusalem must remain the undivided and eternal capital of Israel." Click here to access the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2013.