Andy X. Vargas serves as State Representative for the 3rd Essex district. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at 24. He was previously elected and served as a City Councilor in Haverhill, MA. Rep. Vargas attended Boston University and received a Bachelor’s Degree, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and a concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies. He is an inaugural member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies.
Rep. Vargas grew up on Arlington St. in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At a young age, his family moved from Cambridge to Haverhill, due to rising housing costs. Andy’s family immigrated from the Dominican Republic and played an active role in installing the values of humility, hard work, and service. Prior to elected office, Rep. Vargas led communications and marketing for Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), a non-profit that fosters inclusive entrepreneurship in communities that need it most. He also served in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, and as a White House intern under the Obama administration.
At 22, Vargas was elected City Councilor, where he focused on educational equity, financial transparency, economic development, and support for public safety. In 2017, Andy was elected to serve as State Representative for the 3rd Essex District (MA House). He was recently re-elected. As Representative, Andy has successfully helped pass civic education reform, advanced legislation to address the opioid epidemic, and created a new public health grant to fund youth gun violence prevention. He resides in downtown Haverhill with his wife and Yankees fan, Rikelma.