Juan (Paco) Vargas (D-51)

US Representative Juan Vargas

Juan (Paco) Vargas (D-51)
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Capitol: 202.225.8045
FAX: 202.225.2772
District: 760.312.9900
Room 2244 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0551
380 North Eighth Street
El Centro, CA 92243
Residence:San Diego, CA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanImmigrant Servicemembers and Veterans Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Border Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance
FC MemberCongressional FinTech and Payments Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Direct Selling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Smart Cities
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCalifornia Democratic Congressional Delegation
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Congressman Juan Vargas was raised on a chicken ranch in National City, in California's 51st District. He is one of ten children, born to his parents, Tomas and Celina Vargas on March 7, 1961. His father, Tomas, immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero Program which brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts, as part of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States. Through the Bracero Program, Tomas became a legal resident and Juan's mother, Celina, went on to earn her U.S. Citizenship. Taught the value of hard work by his parents, Juan attained impressive academic credentials. He 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 a classmate of President Barack Obama. As a young adult, Juan entered the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order, where he worked with disadvantaged communities, including orphaned children and internally displaced people in the jungles of El Salvador. For years, his work with the Jesuits focused on the health and welfare of children and issues of social justice. Juan left the Jesuits in order to pursue family life. Two years later, he married Adrienne D'Ascoli and they returned to San Diego where 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 community as a public official. Juan was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1993. On the Council, he assumed a leadership role in planning, funding, and advocating for public safety, municipal infrastructure and schools. During his eight-year tenure on the San Diego City Council Juan helped establish community-based policing, which has become a national model, fought tobacco advertising directed at children, and helped create the City of San Diego' s 6-to-6 after-school program. He also sponsored a graffiti and home rehabilitation program, known as Operation Restore, which employed homeless individuals in an effort to improve and revitalize blighted homes and neighborhoods in San Diego's urban core. When President Bill Clinton ordered an invasion of Kosovo in 1999 to end a terrifying regime of "ethnic cleansing" Juan and Adrienne answered the President's call and took in a refugee Kosovar family into their home for nearly two years. The family is now thriving and independent, residing in the city of El Cajon. In 2000, Juan was elected by a wide margin to the California State Assembly. As the State Representative to the 79th Assembly District, Juan represented the southern portion of San Diego, the western portion of Chula Vista, and the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, and National City. 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. Both are home, auto, and small business insurance companies and, under these roles, he helped bring jobs to Southern California communities. In 2010, Juan answered the call to return to public service and was elected to the California State Senate. He represented the 40th California State Senate District, which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, portions of Riverside County, all of Imperial County and California's entire U.S.-Mexico border. As a State Senator, Juan worked tirelessly to ensure public safety and protect services to the poor and elderly. He was Chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and served on the following committees- Education; Business, Professions and Economic Development; Public Employment and Retirement; Agriculture; the Joint Committee on Rules; and the Select Committee on Recovery, Reform and Re-Alignment. Juan was first elected to the United States Congress in 2012 with over 70 percent of the vote, the highest in both San Diego and Imperial counties. He represents California's 51st Congressional District which includes portions of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and the entire U.S. - Mexico Border in California. Currently serving his fourth term in Congress, Juan serves on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Juan lives in San Diego with his wife Adrienne, Vice President for University Relations and Development at San Diego State University, and his daughters, Rosa and Helena.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Adrienne D'Ascoli   DOB: 3/7/1961
Counties Representing
San Diego