Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Brief Biography

Congressman Filemon Vela was elected in 2012 to represent the 34th Congressional District of Texas which is anchored in Cameron County in the southernmost tip of Texas, and runs nearly 300 miles north to Gonzales County.  Filemon Vela was born in Harlingen and raised in Brownsville. He graduated from Saint Joseph Academy, received his degree in Government from Georgetown University and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. For 22 years he devoted his professional life to the practice of law. In Congress, he has been a strong advocate for immigrant rights, education programs including Head Start and Pell Grants for college students, and our community's federal health care centers. Congressman Vela is currently focused on bringing jobs and economic development to South Texas through many efforts, including transforming the Port of Brownsville into a competitive deep water port.  As a Member of the Agriculture Committee and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, he is an advocate for agricultural producers.  In his position on the Armed Services Committee, he works to support members of the armed forces stationed at Coastal Bend military bases and around the world.