|U.S. House, Texas, District 34|
|J.D.||University of Texas|
Vela won election on November 6, 2012.
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.
- 1988-2012: Practicing lawyer
Vela ran 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 defeated Jessica Puente Bradshaw (D) and Steven Shanklin (L) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 34 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Denise Saenz Blanchard||33.4%||7,824|
|Filemon Vela (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$0||$245,415.17||$(36,943.53)||$208,471.64|
|Pre-Primary||May 17, 2012||$208,471.64||$10,241.61||$(197,897.13)||$20,816.12|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$20,816.12||$147,412.71||$(121,498.06)||$46,730.77|
|Pre-Runoff||July 19, 2012||$46,730.77||$9,716.28||$(48,249.77)||$8,197.28|
He is married to his wife, Rose.
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- National Journal "Texas, 34th House District: Filemon Vela (D)," November 6, 2012
- Democratic candidate list
- Unofficial Democratic primary results
- Associated Press primary runoff results
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Filemon Vela's Summary Report," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Filemon Vela April Quarterly," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Filemon Vela Pre-Primary," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Filemon Vela July Quarterly," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Filemon Vela Pre-Runoff," Accessed July 27, 2012
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