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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

2015 will bring the most Latino Congress in US history - Hola Arkansas
2015 will bring the most Latino Congress in US historyHola ArkansasWith 29 Hispanics in the U.S. House of Representatives and three in the U.S. Senate, 2015 will be the most Latino Congress in U.S. history, according to an analysis by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Educational Fund. ... Ben R ...
Omnibus appropriations bill splits Valley, Texas congressional delegation - Monitor
Omnibus appropriations bill splits Valley, Texas congressional delegationMonitorThe Republicans are in the majority. This is what the Republicans wanted. In order to save the other 11 appropriations bills that dealt with education, health care, transportation, military, this is a compromise.? U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville ...Omnibus appropriations bill splits delegationBrownsville Heraldall 3 news articles »
Saving for special needs - Monitor
Saving for special needsMonitorThe Zarate family Dolores, left, Zariah, Sergio and Zeke stand united on Tuesday at their home in Brownsville. The Achieving a Better Life Experience or ABLE Act passed congress with a 404-17 vote on Dec 3, helping parents provide for the future of ...and more »

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