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Rep. Juan C. Vargas (D-Calif.)

  • District: 51st District, Southern San Diego; Imperial County
  • Residence: San Diego
  • Born: March 7, 1961; National City, Calif.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Adrienne Vargas; two children
  • Education: U. of San Diego, B.A. 1983 (political science); Fordham U., M.A. 1987 (philosophy); Harvard U., J.D. 1991
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1992; San Diego City Council, 1993-00; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1996; Calif. Assembly, 2000-2006; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 2006; Calif. Senate, 2010-13; U.S. House, 2013-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2012 (1st term); Defeated Michael Crimmins, R, to succeed Rep. Bob Filner, D, who retired
  • Committee Assignments: Agriculture (General Farm Commodities & Risk Management; Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology & Foreign Agriculture); Foreign Affairs (Middle East & North Africa; Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade); House Administration; Joint Printing

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State Information: 51st District, Southern San Diego; Imperial County

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2012 general (CA-51 representative) Juan Vargas (D) 113,934 71.5%
Michael Crimmins (R) 45,464 28.5%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2012 Barack Obama: 69% Mitt Romney: 29%
2008 Barack Obama: 67% John McCain: 33%




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