Vargas Announces



State Senator Tony Vargas announces that he is running for Congress against Don Bacon. Here is his recent press release:

Sen. Tony Vargas Launches Campaign for Congress in Nebraska’s Second District

Vargas: I’m Running for Congress to Ensure Every Nebraskan Has Access to the Opportunity My Parents Gave Me

OMAHA – Long time public servant Senator Tony Vargas launched his campaign for congress in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District today. Vargas, a former public school teacher and current member of the Nebraska Legislature, spent his career fighting for all Nebraskans to have access to opportunity and a quality public education. He’s now taking that same fight to Congress.

“I’ve worked hard every day to make sure that people can have access to the same opportunities my parents gave me. And that’s why I’m running for Congress. Nebraskans deserve affordable, quality health care. They deserve jobs with living wages that support a family and allow each generation to have a little bit more. And they deserve a world-class education no matter where they’re born, because as my family can attest firsthand: education is the key to improving your life.

“It’s time to set a new tone in our politics. We can fight for what’s right – for policies that help people – and do it in a way that aligns with our values and still allows us to hold our heads up high. It’s what I’ve done my entire career, finding common ground even when we don’t agree to get things done for Nebraskans. And it’s what I look forward to doing in Congress,” said Vargas.

About Tony

Tony Vargas has served Nebraskans as an elected official for nearly a decade. Tony learned the values of community, hard work, and perseverance from his parents, who, coming from humble beginnings, sacrificed everything to provide their children with an opportunity for a brighter future. No matter how busy the family was, they had dinner together every night, where his parents encouraged Tony to “stay grounded, but reach for the stars.”

Tony devoted his career to public service and improving opportunities for all Nebraskans. He has served our community since 2013, first as a member of the Omaha Public Schools Board and then as a member of the Nebraska Legislature. As a senator, Tony has developed a reputation for civility and working with anyone to get things done for Nebraska workers and small businesses. He has successfully passed legislation to strengthen our public schools, improve access to health care, encourage technology and innovation, and improve consumer protections.

Tony began his career as a public-school teacher, receiving “Most Outstanding Teacher” and “Teacher of the Year” awards, and has worked in the non-profit and education sectors, striving to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for thousands of children across the United States. The first generation of his family to graduate college, Tony earned his Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of Rochester and a Masters in Education at Pace University.

Tony and his wife, Lauren, are raising their two young kids, Ava and Luca, in Omaha. They are proud parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini Church, where Tony and Lauren were married.

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