Councilman Steven Vargas was elected to the Brea City Council in November 2014, re-elected in 2018, and served as Mayor in 2021. He previously served on the City Council from 1998-2002.
Steve is a proud member of the United States Navy Reserve (USNR) and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Civil Engineering Corps. He has been activated for military service five times since 9/11, including a one-year deployment to Iraq, Al-Asad, and Falluja, during the 2008-09 surge. Steve loves to be involved in the community and serve others. As an engaged volunteer, he has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations over the years including former President, Placentia Boys & Girls Club; previous District Executive for Cub Scout Pack 820; former Commander, Brea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5384; and current Adjutant of the Brea American Legion Post 181.
For Steve, a proud part of his commitment to government service is the range of his efforts. He is a current member on the League of California Cities Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee, serves as a Member of the City’s Development Committee and is an alternate to the investment Advisory Committee. He previously served the County of Orange as a Third District Executive Assistant, and at the federal level, as an Outreach Coordinator for Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA).
Outside of his civic and military service, Steve was a general contractor by trade and retired from Chevron after 20 years of service as a Construction Safety Specialist. He graduated from Fullerton’s Sunny Hills High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology from Excelsior College of New York. He has lived in Brea since 1989 and shares a home with his wife, Lisa of 28 years, who he refers to as his “best friend.” Together, they have five daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoy spending family time together.
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