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Who & Where

Filemon Vela
Vela is married to Rose Vela, former Republican justice on the 13th Court of Appeals. Rose Vela opted to bow out of her challenge to Chief Justice Roy Valdez on the court in 2012, at the same time that Filemon was running for Congress.

District Outlook

District Map

Population & Demographics

Total Pop. 18+ Pop. CVAP
Total 698,487 480,232 380,255
Anglo 15.2% 18.6% 24.1%
Hispanic 82.7% 79.0% 73.1%
Afr-Am 1.6% 1.7% 2.0%
Other 1.0% 1.1%
Asian 0.4%

2012 Election Analysis

324,294 Registered Voters
237,637 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
150,436 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
U.S. President Mitt Romney 38.3% Barack Obama 60.7%
U.S. Senate Ted Cruz 41.7% Paul Sadler 55.2%
U.S. Congress Jessica Puente Bradshaw 36.2% Filemon Vela 61.9%
RR Commish Christi Craddick 36.0% Dale Henry 58.8%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 34.0% Michele Petty 61.3%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller 37.6% Keith Hampton 59.3%

2010 Election Analysis

326,112 Registered Voters
232,001 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
87,633 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
Governor Rick Perry 42.3% Bill White 55.7%
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 44.1% Linda Chavez-Thompson 52.2%
Attorney General Greg Abbott 50.7% Barbara Radnofsky 46.8%
Comptroller Susan Combs 75.7%
Land Commish Jerry Patterson 42.6% Hector Uribe 54.6%
Ag. Commish Todd Staples 43.5% Hank Gilbert 52.4%
RR Commish David Porter 43.3% Jeff Weems 51.5%
Supreme Court Debra Lehrmann 42.0% Jim Sharp 55.0%
Supreme Court Paul Green 42.4% Bill Moody 54.3%
Supreme Court Eva Guzman 45.2% Blake Bailey 49.9%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Michael Keasler 43.0% Keith Hampton 53.4%


2011 Redistricting

News Results

Vela: Guzmán's Escape an Insult to U.S. Law Enforcement - Texas Tribune
Texas Tribune
Vela: Guzmán's Escape an Insult to U.S. Law EnforcementTexas TribuneSinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin ?El Chapo? Guzmán's weekend escape from a Mexican prison is an affront to U.S. law enforcement, which has worked for years to build a case against the kingpin, a member of Texas' congressional delegation charged ...Vela: Guzman's escape an insult to US law enforcementMonitorall 4,708 news articles »
Pro/Con: Should there be sanctuary cities? - Victoria Advocate
Victoria Advocate
Pro/Con: Should there be sanctuary cities?Victoria Advocate... the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act 241-179, which would punish sanctuary cities by taking away certain federal law enforcement funding. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, voted against the measure. Vela, whose congressional district ...and more »

Congressional Districts

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