Filemon Vela (Texas U.S. representative)

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Filemon Vela
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U.S. House, Texas, District 34
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$876,684
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of Texas
Date of birthFebruary 13, 1963
Place of birthHarlingen, Texas
Net worth$8,600,004
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]

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.


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Vela serves on the following committees:[3]



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.[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


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


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]


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


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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


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]


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

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