By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
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.