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Husband. Father. State Senator. Presidential Scholar. Son of Immigrants. First Gen College Grad. Former Teacher.

Tony Vargas has devoted his career to public service and advocacy. Elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2016, Vargas has spent the last three years successfully fighting for economic justice and opportunity, including equity in education, technology and innovation, juvenile justice and corrections, college affordability, and healthcare access. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he has led efforts to prioritize state funding to support the most vulnerable in our communities, especially children and families from low-income backgrounds. He proudly serves as the Vice Chair of the Executive Board and Chair of the Legislative Planning Committee. Previous to his election to the Legislature, Vargas was a school board member of the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, serving more than 52,000 students and 86 schools across Omaha. Tony began his career as a public school teacher. In 2018, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the Presidential Libraries of President George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Earlier this year, Tony and his partner, Lauren, became parents and welcomed their daughter, Ava Kaye, into the world.

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