Vargas is the representative for California’s 52nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Vargas is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 61 years old.
He was previously the representative for California’s 51st congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2022.
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, 2019 to Jan 27, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Vargas was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Vargas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Environmental Protection (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Housing and Community Development (15%) Health (12%) Immigration (9%) Native Americans (9%) International Affairs (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Vargas recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 1219: Honoring the life and legacy of Father Stan, a prominent human rights activist …
- H.R. 6889: Credit Union Board Modernization Act
- H.R. 6797: Strengthening Citizenship Services for Veterans Act
- H.R. 3125 (117th): COVID-19 Emergency Medical Supplies Enhancement Act of 2021
- H.R. 2353 (117th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at …
- H.R. 1720 (117th): COVID–19 Medical Production Act
- H.R. 1719 (117th): Emergency Tribal Housing Assistance Act of 2021
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Dec 2022, Vargas missed 122 of 5,691 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
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