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Filemon Vela

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Filemon Vela
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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

2014

See also: Texas' 34th congressional district elections, 2014

Vela is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

[7]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Vela's reports.[9]

Filemon Vela (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$104,586.45$38,539.16$(75,312.67)$67,812.94
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$67,812.94$103,275.00$(37,576.29)$133,511.65
Running totals
$141,814.16$(112,888.96)

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.[12] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[13]

Cost per vote

Vela spent $8.62 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[14]

Vela most often votes with:

Vela least often votes with:

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Personal

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

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