Filemon Vela

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Filemon Vela
Filemon vela.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 34
Incumbent-elect
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of Texas
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 13, 1963
Place of birthHarlingen, Texas
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Filemon Vela is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 34th Congressional District of Texas. He was first elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

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

Elections

2012

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

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.[3][4][5]

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 of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 34 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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Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Vela's reports.[7]

Filemon Vela (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 13, 2012$0$245,415.17$(36,943.53)$208,471.64
Pre-Primary[9]May 17, 2012$208,471.64$10,241.61$(197,897.13)$20,816.12
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$20,816.12$147,412.71$(121,498.06)$46,730.77
Pre-Runoff[11]July 19, 2012$46,730.77$9,716.28$(48,249.77)$8,197.28
Running totals
$412,785.77$(404,588.49)

Personal

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Newly created district
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 34
2013-present
Succeeded by
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