|Member of the Nebraska Legislature |
from the 7th district
January 4, 2017
|Preceded by||Nicole Fox|
|Born||September 2, 1984|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education|| University of Rochester (BA)|
Pace University (MA)
Tony Vargas (born September 2, 1984) is a member of the Nebraska Legislature. Vargas represents the 7th district, which covers all of downtown Omaha and much of southeastern Omaha.
Vargas was born to Antonio and Lidia Vargas in New York City, who were originally from Peru. He was the youngest of three brothers.He graduated from the University of Rochester and received a MS in education from Pace University. Vargas is a former public school teacher. He previously served as an Americorps fellow through Teach for America.
Vargas was appointed to the Omaha Public Schools Board in 2013, following the resignation of a board member. In 2016 he ran for the Legislature against incumbent senator Nicole Fox. Fox, a Republican, finished third in the nonpartisan primary, which saw Vargas and former senator John Synowiecki advance to the general election.Vargas defeated Synowiecki in the general election with nearly 62% of the vote. He is the first outright elected Hispanic legislator in Nebraska.
In 2018, Vargas was one of 59 individuals selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a bipartisan national leadership program championed and led by President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
In 2017, Vargas was selected by the Omaha Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) and by the United States Junior Chamber as a Top Outstanding Young American (TOYA). In 2019, Vargas was selected by the Council of State Governments (CSG) as a Henry Toll Fellow. The Toll Fellowship Program selects 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.
In 2020, Vargas was named by the Council of State Governments (CSG) as an inaugural 20 Under 40 Leadership Award recipient, recognizing the outstanding work of 20 up-and-coming elected and appointed officials from across the country who not only exemplify strong leadership skills but have also demonstrated a true commitment to serving the citizens of their state/territory.In 2020, Vargas was awarded the State Service Leadership Award by the America's Service Commissions (ASC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network.
In 2021, Vargas was one of 24 individuals from across the nation selected to be part of the 2021 Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Aspen Institute. This Fellowship, aims to prepare and engage our country's next generation of community and civic leaders and problem-solvers from across the political spectrum to build a more civil society.
Vargas is married to his wife Lauren. He is a Catholic and resides in the Little Italy neighborhood of Omaha. He has two children, one boy and one girl, both born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.
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