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Rep. Juan Vargas

Representative for California’s 51st District

pronounced wahn // VAHR-guss


Vargas is the representative for California’s 51st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Vargas is next up for reelection in 2020.

Rep. Juan Vargas is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 26, 2020, Rep. William Keating [D-MA9] will be casting Vargas’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Vargas.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Vargas is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Vargas has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to May 26, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Juan Vargas sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vargas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (20%) Environmental Protection (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Health (13%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Native Americans (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Vargas’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Vargas voted Nay

Passed 386/41 on Jul 20, 2017.

H.R. 2825 authorizes the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides necessary oversight and guidance to the Department to ensure that it ...

Vargas voted Yea

Vargas voted Yea

Vargas voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Vargas voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Vargas voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Vargas voted Aye

Vargas voted No

Passed 325/91 on Dec 5, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to May 2020, Vargas missed 107 of 4,552 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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