Last updated on: 3/21/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Juan Vargas, MA, JD Biography

Title:
California State Representative
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“I’m not in favor of second class status. We have to continue to fight for a pathway to citizenship.”

Adriana Maestas, “Freshman CA Congressman Juan Vargas: ‘I Didn’t Realize the Partisan Divide Would Be So Deep,'” nbclatino.com, July 29, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • California State Representative, Jan. 3, 2013-present
  • California State Senator, Dec. 6, 2010-Jan. 2, 2013
  • Former Vice President of External Affairs, Safeco Insurance
  • Former Vice President of Corporate Legal, Liberty Mutual Group
  • Assemblyman, California State Assembly, Dec. 4, 2000-Dec. 4, 2006
  • Councilman, San Diego City Council, Feb. 22, 1993-Dec. 4, 2000
  • Novice, Jesuit Novitiate, Santa Barbara, CA
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • MA, Humanities, Fordham University, 1987
  • BA, magna cum laude, Political Science, University of San Diego, 1983
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RepJuanVargas
  • Lives in San Diego with his wife, Adrienne, an Associate Vice President of San Diego State University, and their two daughters, Rosa and Helena
  • His father immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero program
  • Hosted a Kosovar refugee family for almost two years during the US invasion of Kosova
  • Was a Harvard University classmate of Barack Obama
Quoted in:
  1. Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?