EL CENTRO – U.S. Representative of California’s 51st District Congressman Juan Vargas announced the appointment of Tomás Oliva as Senior Field Representative, to his team on Tuesday, January 6. Oliva will lead Representative Vargas’ Imperial County Office, located at 380 North 8th Street in El Centro and will aid constituents as well as represent the office at official meetings and events.
“I’m honored to represent Juan Vargas and feel comfortable and excited to be able to contribute my knowledge and passion to this region” said Oliva. “I bring with me the knowledge, energy, drive and understanding that I have for my community after serving the State for 2 years and the Government for 4 years.”
Oliva brings over four years of experience working as Regional Affairs Officer at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). There, he worked with organizations and interest groups in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys to maintain active communication with SCAG. Prior to his last position, Oliva worked for the Superior Court of California in Imperial County and spent two years working for the California State Assembly.
“I’m excited to have Tomás join our team,” said Rep. Vargas. “His skills and experience make him a great resource for the communities I represent.”
Olivas obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University. He is currently a member of the Imperial Valley Young Professional Organization, where he practices his passion for empowering the youth of Imperial County. He was previously a member of the UC San Diego Young Alumni Council and served as a mentor in the California Latino Capitol Association.
“The first thing on my agenda is to invite the community to come to the office or give us a call and make me aware of any issues that we might not be aware of and on behalf of the Congressman address those issues” added Oliva.
Oliva’s employment began on Friday, January 1. Oliva fills the position previously occupied by Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter who is accepted a position with the county as the Public Information Officer in November 2015.
Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire US/Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his second term in Congress. He represented the 40th California State Senate District from 2010-2012, the 79th California State Assembly District from 2000 – 2006 and served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 – 2000.