Let's keep fighting for all Haverhill families.
We made history electing Andy to the City Council at the age of 22. We did again by electing him to the MA House in the special election of 2017 and once more reelected in 2018. Yet, we need your help to keep up the good fight.
Representative Andy X. Vargas is a proud son of Haverhill. He grew up on Arlington St. after his family moved from Cambridge due to housing costs. Andy's family immigrated from the Dominican Republic and have been proud Haverhill residents for decades. Much of Andy's foundation comes from his upbringing in a civically-engaged Catholic family that often disagreed at the dinner table, but could always enjoy a meal and each others' company.
Andy attended Haverhill Public Schools, including Burnham Elementary, Pentucket Lake, and Haverhill High. Andy played baseball under the Riverside Bradford Baseball League, where he was selected to represent Haverhill on the Cooperstown team. At 14, he founded Haverhill Baseball for All, which received baseball equipment donations to form a free league for inner-city Haverhill kids. Andy was part of the Haverhill Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) team where he was trained as a youth leader in the areas of bullying, gang violence, and tutoring. Andy often visited the middle schools to tutor students in the fields of math, science, and history, while also mentoring students coming from difficult backgrounds.
Before leaving Haverhill High, Andy joined a statewide coalition of young people called Teens Leading The Way (TLTW), which organizes and empowers young leaders from the communities of Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester, Everett, Boston, and Springfield. Together with his fellow TLTW leaders, Andy participated in the drafting and filing of MA bill S.00183 An Act to design, pilot, and implement civics as a high school graduation requirement, which received 48 co-sponsors and bipartisan support. In 2018, Rep. Vargas helped push a similar civics education bill through the legislature, which was ultimately signed by the Governor.
Andy attended Boston University and received a Bachelor's Degree, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations, with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies. He is an inaugural member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Seeking to continue his commitment to public service and community organizing, Andy founded the Boston University Political Action Organization (BUPAO), which brought together students, faculty, activists, law enforcement, and elected officials to discuss and take action on some of the most pressing issues facing our time. Andy also served as the Director of the Department for City Affairs for BU's Student Government.
While pursuing his degree, Andy interned at two offices in the Massachusetts State House, serving one Senator and one Representative throughout 2 years. He spent 5 months in Madrid, Spain, studying abroad and interning for the U.S. Embassy, under the Department of Commerce's U.S. Commercial Service. He spent his time at the embassy by serving small to medium-sized U.S. businesses seeking to export their products to Spain. Andy successfully fostered partnerships between Spanish and U.S. companies, which contributed to the total growth of U.S. exports.
Andy served as a White House intern under the Obama Administration. While at the White House, Andy researched and wrote on issues pertaining to immigration, the economy, Latin America, and more.
Rep. Vargas also worked at Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) as the Senior Marketing Manager where he supported early-stage startups in mid-sized cities across the Commonwealth. Andy was previously elected to the Haverhill City Council when he was 22. His time on the City Council was marked by strong advocacy for economic development, education, financial transparency, 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. He resides in downtown Haverhill with his wife and Yankees fan, Rikelma.
The quality of a student's education should not be determined by their zip code or neighborhood.
Andy will fight for educational equity. He has a strong focus and passion on early education, as research has shown this is where we can really have the greatest impact on the lives of our youth.
Healthcare is a human right.
There was a time in our nation's history where we woke up and decided that public education was a right and responsibility that society should undertake. We should have done the same for health care long ago. Andy will fight for access to quality and affordable healthcare for all.
We have the opportunity to lead and be on the right side of history.
We're going to look back and ask ourselves whether or not we did everything we could to prevent or limit the effects of climate change. Andy will fight to make sure the answer to that question is a profound "yes."
MA is 6th in the country for income inequality - we must do better.
With a background of working with entrepreneurs, Andy has seen how economic development starts from the bottom up. When we empower local businesses and fuel the dreams of early stage entrepreneurs, we can build a robust and sustainable economy.
Voices for Vargas
Listen to a supporter discuss how Andy won their vote
Economist and Proud Haverhill Resident
"Andy has a clear vision to improve the lives of everyone in the city. He will be a unifying force in our community."
Lifelong educator & hallmark of
Haverhill High School
"I support Andy Vargas for State Representative because he's hardworking, he's bipartisan, and he's courageous."