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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.

Vargas has cosponsored 1 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 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 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 Mar 2, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 96% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 55% The Club for Growth: 11%

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vargas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (21%) Immigration (18%) Housing and Community Development (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Health (9%) Native Americans (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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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 Mar 2021, Vargas missed 109 of 4,755 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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