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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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]

Analysis

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 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 3, 2017 to Jan 20, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Juan Vargas sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Vargas was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vargas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (22%) Immigration (16%) Housing and Community Development (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Health (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Vargas recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Vargas voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Vargas voted Yea

Vargas voted No

Passed 360/61 on Dec 8, 2016.

The WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act was a 277-page bill dealing with federal water policies, particularly for drought-stricken areas. It’s so complex …

Vargas voted Yea

Vargas voted Yea

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 Jan 2022, Vargas missed 114 of 5,156 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% 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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