Texas' 34th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 34th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Filemon Vela Democratic Party
Filemon vela.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 34th Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Filemon Vela (D) was unchallenged in the Democratic primary. He will face Larry Smith (R) in the general election. Vela is expected to easily win re-election in this solidly Democratic district.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][4]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 2, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to election).[5]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Filemon Vela (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Texas' 34th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Gonzales, Dewitt, Goliad, Bee, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kenedy, Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties.[6]


General election candidates

Republican Party Larry Smith
Democratic Party Filemon Vela
Libertarian Party Ryan Rowley

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[7] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[8] Marc Veasey voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[10] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Marc Veasey voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Filemon Vela

Filemon Vela (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$104,586.45$38,539.16$(75,312.67)$67,812.94
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$67,812.94$103,275.00$(37,576.29)$133,511.65
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$133,511.65$121,255.07$(162,554.49)$92,212.23
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$92,212$112,381$(89,337)$115,256
Pre-Primary[16]February 20, 2014$115,256$5,529$(25,782)$95,002
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$95,002$58,108$(28,681)$124,429
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$124,429$165,178$(167,807)$121,800
Running totals

Larry Smith

Larry Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[19]January 29, 2014$0$15,900$(13,163)$2,736
Pre-Primary[20]March 12, 2014$2,736$8,484$(10,483)$737
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$737$13,000$(12,803)$933
July Quarterly[22]July 21, 2014$933$45,562$(46,024)$471
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 34th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which Filemon Vela (D) won election. He defeated Jessica Puente Bradshaw (R) and Steven Shanklin (L) in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Texas District 34 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFilemon Vela 61.9% 89,606
     Republican Jessica Puente Bradshaw 36.2% 52,448
     Libertarian Steven Shanklin 1.9% 2,724
Total Votes 144,778
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. VoteTexas.gov, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Texas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Filemon Vela July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Larry Smith Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Larry Smith Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Larry Smith April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Larry Smith July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012