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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Personal

Full Name:

Edwin 'Ed' Vargas, Jr.

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Sylvia; 2 Children

Birth Place:

Brooklyn, NY

Home City:

Hartford, CT

Education

BS, Education, University of Hartford

Master's, Public Administration, University of Hartford

Political Experience

Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 6, 2013-present

Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 6, 2018

Candidate, Connecticut State Senate, District 1, 2008, 2010

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Environment

Co-Chair, Executive and Legislative Nominations

Member, Labor and Public Employees

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Appropriations Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Children Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Commerce Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on General Government B, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Professional Experience

Former Lead Teacher, Hartford Adult School

Chair, Hartford Democratic Town Committee

Former Teacher, Hartford Public Schools

Former Official Advisor, Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Member, Barry Square Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, present

Former Acting Chair, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Human and Civil Rights Committee

Former President, Greater Hartford Labor Council American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Former Member, National Democratic Party Credentials Committee

Former Public Policy Chair, National Puerto Rican Coalition

Former Commissioner, Planning and Zoning Board, City of Hartford

Former Board Member, United Way

President, Hartford Federation of Teachers, 2000-2002

Additional Information

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Edwin's hobbies include playing guitar, writing and playing chess.

Number of Grandchildren:

Four

Articles

Larson Touts Promise Zone Job Creation Act in Hartford's North End

Apr. 5, 2016

Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) visited Associated Supermarkets in Hartford's North End for a press conference announcing his bill, the Promise Zone Job Creation Act. Larson was joined by Mayor Luke Bronin, State Rep. Brandon McGee, State Rep. Matt Ritter, State Rep. Ed Vargas, and Lou Sterling, owner of the newly opened Associated Supermarkets. The Promise Zone Job Creation Act will create new tax credits to encourage employers like Sterling to hire residents of federally-designated Promise Zones and invest in the Zone. "The North End and other Promise Zones face real problems, but they are also home to employers like Lou Sterling who want to help their communities rebound," said Larson. "While the Promise Zone designation assures priority consideration for federal funding and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, I know we can do more. My bill would give Mr. Sterling and other employers a tax credit for investing in the Zone and its residents. I applaud Mr. Sterling for his efforts to revitalize the community, and I thank Mayor Luke Bronin, the entire Hartford delegation, and all of our local leaders for their strong support of Hartford's Promise Zone." "In the North Hartford Promise Zone, we're tackling the challenge of creating economic opportunity in a neighborhood that faces Great Depression level unemployment," said Mayor Bronin. "That's why measures like the Promise Zone Job Creation Act, which will incentivize companies and property owners to invest in the future of this long neglected neighborhood, are so important. I want to thank Rep. John Larson for his leadership on this issue and urge Congress to pass this critical piece of legislation." More information on the Promise Zone Job Creation Act can be found here, or by visiting: http://larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/2110-larson-rogers-cohen-and-wilson-introduce-legislation-to-spur-job-creation-and-investment-in-promise-zones.