Born: March 7, 1961 in National City, CA
Married: Adrienne DeAscoli (in 1990)
Daughters: Rosa Celina and Helena Jeanne
1993-2001: Member, San Diego City Council
1996: Primary Candidate for CD-50 (Lost; 45.5%)
2006: Primary Candidate for CD-51 (Lost; 42.6%)
2006-2010: Vice President of External Relations, Safeco
2013: Resigned from the State Senate on January 3.
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2010 Primary Election, Vargas took the lead 18 days after the election. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Mary Salas declared victory in the SD-40 Primary on the morning of June 9th "after securing a slim but solid lead" (Salas, 50.6%, Vargas, 49.4%) but Juan Vargas declined to concede the election. It wasn't until June 26th that Vargas took an extremely narrow lead in the vote count (Vargas, 50.1%; Salas, 49.9%). According to the Sacramento Bee, Vargas declared victory on the evening of July 12th when the final votes were counted, giving him a 22-vote margin. Salas ended the recount and conceded the election on July 22.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2001-02)