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Francisco Vargas
Portrayed by Ricardo Antonio Chavira
5x20 - Francisco Vargas 01
Politician
Character Information
Full name: Francisco Vargas
Status: Deceased
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Dark Brown
Episode of Death: "Survival of the Fittest"
Cause of Death: Assassinated by Rowan
Past Occupation(s):
  • President-Elect of the United States
  • Governor of Pennsylvania
Current Relationship:
Relatives:
Allies:
Appearance Information
Portrayed by: Ricardo Antonio Chavira
First appearance: "The Candidate"
Final appearance: "A Stomach for Blood"
Appearance Count: 14

Francisco Vargas was the elected President of the United States who was assassinated during his victory speech.

AboutEdit

The character Francisco "Frankie" Vargas was a recurring character for the season 5 & season 6 of Scandal. He was first seen in the season 5 episode "The Candidate" and last seen in season 6 episode "A Stomach for Blood" portrayed by Ricardo Antonio Chavira.

BackgroundEdit

Francisco Vargas was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and grew up in Philadelphia, to parents who were from Mexico. His father got his PhD from Penn State and worked as an economist while his mother became a nurse. He has a younger brother, Alejandro, who was said not to be as successful as Francisco, and has run all his campaigns. He was said to be a "great student and gifted athlete" while in high school. He joined the army and was with the Special Forces in the First Gulf War and when he returned he married his high school sweetheart and had two daughters with her, Sara and Anna. His daughter Anna is five years old and receiving treatment at a Pennsylvania hospital for cancer. He graduated from Penn State. He was elected to the Philadelphia City Council when he was 32 and was Mayor at 36 and 2 years, he was made the first Hispanic governor of Pennsylvania. His political standings are described as pro-choice, pro-gun, pro-growth, pro-earth, pro-science and pro-religion.

HistoryEdit

Season Five Edit

Cyrus Beene becomes interested in him as the next President of the United States and claims that his cousin passed away and he had to attend his funeral when he was actually going to watch one of Vargas' meetings about his Education Bill. Ethan claims that the only problem with Vargas is that no one knows who he is. Cyrus fixes this by sending a gun man into the building that Vargas is in and having him be shot by Tom Larsen in order to have Vargas look like a hero and get him on everyone's radar.

After defeating Florida Senate Majority Leader Edison Davis, Vargas won the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States. After considering Attorney General David Rosen for Vice President, Vargas selected NSA Director Jake Ballard, until it was revealed that he would be nominated by Republican nominee Mellie Grant. Vargas then nominated his campaign manager, White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene.

After California was called for Governor Vargas in the 2016 presidential election, Vargas was the apparent President-elect. However, Vargas was assassinated on election night, making the Vice-Presidential nominee, Cyrus Beene, the President-elect of the United States.

Season Six Edit

On election night, he won the votes over Mellie and became the President-Elect. When he was giving his victory speech in Philadelphia, he was assassinated by Rowan.

Assassination Edit

Main article: Presidential Election 2018
Main article: Francisco Vargas' Assassination

On the results night of the Presidential Election 2017, Francisco Vargas was assassinated by an unknown person. Olivia Pope & Associates opened their own investigation, did some digging, and found evidence that showed that Cyrus Beene killed Francisco. Cyrus and everyone connected (that knew Francisco) have since been interviewed and investigated. ("Survival of the Fittest").

After falsely incarcerating Tom and Cyrus, Olivia discovers that Tom was nowhere near the shooting as it happened, so he could not have been the killer. In flashbacks, the events of the night are revealed, and it turns out that the killer was none other than Eli Pope, Olivia's own father, who was blackmailed by an Theodore Peus and Samantha Ruland who wanted Mellie in The White House. ("Extinction").

GalleryEdit

→ See and enjoy 18 pictures of Francisco Vargas at Images of Francisco Vargas.

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AppearancesEdit

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