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|Profile picture = filemon vela.jpg
 
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|Position = U.S. House, Texas, District 34
 
|Position = U.S. House, Texas, District 34
|Status = Incumbent-elect
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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Incelect = January 3, 2013
 
|Incelect = January 3, 2013
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 2013
 
|Assumed office = 2013
 
|Political party = Democratic
 
|Political party = Democratic
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|Leadership =  
 
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|Term limits =
 
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|Next election = [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election = [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $ = 876,684
 
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{{tnr}}'''Filemon Vela''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012|the 34th Congressional District]] of [[Texas]].  He was first elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Filemon Vela''' (b. February 13, 1963 in Harlingen, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[Texas' 34th congressional district|the 34th Congressional District]] of [[Texas]].  He was first elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated [[Jessica Puente Bradshaw]] (D) and [[Steven Shanklin]] (L) in the general election on November 6.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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{{Introanalysis
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|Party=Democratic
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|Rating=Center
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|Pronoun=he
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|Fullname=Filemon Vela
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|Lastname=Vela
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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==Career==
 
==Career==
* 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
 
 
* 1988-2012: Practicing lawyer<ref name="nj"/>
 
* 1988-2012: Practicing lawyer<ref name="nj"/>
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* 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
**Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
 
**Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
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**Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Committee on Homeland Security]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Committee on Homeland Security]]
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**Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
  
Vela ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012|34th District]].  He and [[Denise Saenz Blanchard]] defeated [[Elmo Aycock]], [[Ramiro Garza, Jr.]], [[Juan Angel Guerra]], [[Salomon Torres]], [[Anthony Troiani]] and [[Armando Villalobos]] in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.  He then defeated Blanchard in the July 31 runoff election.  He defeated [[Jessica Puente Bradshaw]] (D) and [[Steven Shanklin]] (L) in the general election on November 6.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/TX_US_House_0731.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press primary runoff results]</ref>
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Vela won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012|34th District]].  He and [[Denise Saenz Blanchard]] defeated [[Elmo Aycock]], [[Ramiro Garza, Jr.]], [[Juan Angel Guerra]], [[Salomon Torres]], [[Anthony Troiani]] and [[Armando Villalobos]] in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.  He then defeated Blanchard in the July 31 runoff election.  He went on to defeat [[Jessica Puente Bradshaw]] (D) and [[Steven Shanklin]] (L) in the general election on November 6.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/TX_US_House_0731.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press primary runoff results]</ref>
  
 
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{{Primary election box 2012
 
{{Primary election box 2012
|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 34
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|Chamber= U.S. House, Texas District 34 Runoff
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
 
|winner1 =Filemon Vela
 
|winner1 =Filemon Vela
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<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe ''Texas Secretary of State,'' "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012]</ref>
 
<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe ''Texas Secretary of State,'' "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012]</ref>
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{{Primary election box 2012
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|Chamber=U.S. House, Texas District 34
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|party=Democratic
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|winner1 = Filemon Vela
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|winner2 = Denise Saenz Blanchard
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|candidate3 = Ramiro Garza, Jr.
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|candidate4 = Salomon Torres
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|candidate5 = Armando Villalobos
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|candidate6 = Anthony Troiani
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|candidate7 = Juan Angel Guerra
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|candidate8 = Elmo Aycock
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|votes1 = 18233
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|votes2 = 5810
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|votes3 = 5575
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|votes4 = 4745
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|votes5 = 3926
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|votes6 = 3638
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|votes7 = 2200
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|votes8 = 935
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}}
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2012===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections season]]. Below are Vela's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2TX27190 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Filemon Vela's Summary Report," Accessed July 27, 2012]</ref>
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|Name=Vela
{{Campaign finance reports
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|Editdate=March 25, 2013
|Name = Filemon Vela (2012)
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|year=2012
|Political Party = Democratic
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00034349&cycle=2012&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Filemon Vela," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/781/12970933781/12970933781.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Filemon Vela April Quarterly," Accessed July 27, 2012]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
|Date 1 = April 13, 2012
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|totalraised2012=876684
|Beginning Balance 1 = 0
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|result2012=Won
|Total Contributions 1 = 245415.17
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|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 34th congressional district{{!}}District 34]])
|Expenditures 1 = 36943.53
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 208471.64
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|Report 2 = Pre-Primary<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/459/12951792459/12951792459.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Filemon Vela Pre-Primary," Accessed July 27, 2012]</ref>
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|Date 2 = May 17, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 208471.64
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|Total Contributions 2 = 10241.61
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|Expenditures 2 = 197897.13
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|Cash on Hand 2 = 20816.12
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|Report 3 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/583/12952474583/12952474583.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Filemon Vela July Quarterly," Accessed July 27, 2012]</ref>
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|Date 3 = July 15, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 3 = 20816.12
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|Total Contributions 3 = 147412.71
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|Expenditures 3 = 121498.06
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|Cash on Hand 3 = 46730.77
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|Report 4 = Pre-Runoff<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/547/12952530547/12952530547.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Filemon Vela Pre-Runoff," Accessed July 27, 2012]</ref>
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|Date 4 = July 19, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 4 = 46730.77
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|Total Contributions 4 = 9716.28
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|Expenditures 4 = 48249.77
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|Cash on Hand 4 = 8197.28
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}}
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===2012===
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[[File:Filemon Vela 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Vela's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Vela won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Vela's campaign committee raised a total of $876,684 and spent $772,098.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00034349&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Filemon Vela 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 34th Congressional District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $876,684
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|total spent = $772,098
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|opponent raised = $95,019
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|opponent spent = $50,895
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|org1 = American Assn for Justice
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|org2 = Border Health
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|org3 = Committee for Hispanic Causes-BOLD PAC
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|org4 = L&F Distributors
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|org5 = Dos Logistics
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|orgdonor1 = $10,000
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|orgdonor2 = $10,000
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|orgdonor3 = $10,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $8,500
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Construction Services
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|ind3 = Leadership PACs
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|ind4 = Misc Business
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|ind5 = Real Estate
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|inddonor1 = $101,858
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|inddonor2 = $27,606
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|inddonor3 = $21,000
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|inddonor4 = $20,400
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|inddonor5 = $17,000
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|}}
  
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Vela missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013.  This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/filemon_vela/412580 ''GovTrack,'' "Filemon Vela," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Vela's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,254,014 to $15,945,995. That averages to $8,600,004, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034349&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Filemon Vela (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Vela's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,254,014 to $15,945,995. That averages to $8,600,004, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034349&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Filemon Vela (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
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===Voting with party===
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The website ''Open Congress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Vela has voted with the Democratic Party '''91.1%''' of the time. This ranked 168th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/democrat ''Open Congress'' "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
He is married to his wife, Rose.<ref name="nj"/>
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Vela is married to his wife, Rose.<ref name="nj"/>
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Filemon + Vela + Texas + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
  
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==External links==
 
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*[http://vela.house.gov/ Official U.S. House website]
 
*[http://vela.house.gov/ Official U.S. House website]
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Revision as of 12:44, 24 June 2013

Filemon Vela
Filemon vela.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 34
Incumbent
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$876,684
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of Texas
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 13, 1963
Place of birthHarlingen, Texas
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$8,600,004
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Filemon Vela (b. February 13, 1963 in Harlingen, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 34th Congressional District of Texas. He was first elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated Jessica Puente Bradshaw (D) and Steven Shanklin (L) in the general election on November 6.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Vela is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Vela was born in Harlingen, Texas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from University of Texas. He worked as an attorney since his graduation. He once considered running for Congress in the 1980s but his clients kept his focus until he decided to run in 2011.[2]

Career

  • 1988-2012: Practicing lawyer[2]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Vela serves on the following committees:[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2012

Vela won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 34th District. He and Denise Saenz Blanchard defeated Elmo Aycock, Ramiro Garza, Jr., Juan Angel Guerra, Salomon Torres, Anthony Troiani and Armando Villalobos in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He then defeated Blanchard in the July 31 runoff election. He went on to defeat Jessica Puente Bradshaw (D) and Steven Shanklin (L) in the general election on November 6.[4][5][6]

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"


U.S. House, Texas District 34 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFilemon Vela 66.6% 15,628
Denise Saenz Blanchard 33.4% 7,824
Total Votes 23,452

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U.S. House, Texas District 34 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFilemon Vela 40.5% 18,233
Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Saenz Blanchard 12.9% 5,810
Ramiro Garza, Jr. 12.4% 5,575
Salomon Torres 10.5% 4,745
Armando Villalobos 8.7% 3,926
Anthony Troiani 8.1% 3,638
Juan Angel Guerra 4.9% 2,200
Elmo Aycock 2.1% 935
Total Votes 45,062

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vela is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Vela raised a total of $876,684 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[8]

Filemon Vela's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 34) Won $876,684
Grand Total Raised $876,684

2012

Breakdown of the source of Vela's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Vela won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Vela's campaign committee raised a total of $876,684 and spent $772,098.[9]

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Vela missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Vela's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,254,014 to $15,945,995. That averages to $8,600,004, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[11]

Voting with party

2013

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Vela has voted with the Democratic Party 91.1% of the time. This ranked 168th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[12]

Personal

Vela is married to his wife, Rose.[2]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Filemon + Vela + Texas + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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