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Rep.-elect Filemon Vela (D-Texas-34)

DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 26, 1965

BIRTHPLACE: Harlingen, Texas

RESIDENCE: Brownsville, Texas


EDUCATION: B.A., Georgetown University; J.D., University of Texas — Austin Law School 

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD:  U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

FAMILY: Wife, Rose

Democrat Filemon Vela won the newly created 34th district, which was the result of the redistricting process in Texas.

The Democratic-leaning district spans the Golf Coast between Brownsville and Corpus Christi. Vela is a native of the region.

His father was a federal judge appointed by former President Carter, and Vela continued the law tradition in his family, graduating from the University of Texas — Austin Law School.

Vela led an eight-person field in the May primary and went on to win the runoff election. He defeated Republican Jessica Puente Bradshaw in the general election.