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 healthcare centers. Congressman Vela is currently focused on bringing peace and security to our neighbors in Matamoros and Reynosa, and he is working to bring jobs and economic development to South Texas through many efforts including transforming the Port of Brownsville into a competitive deep water port.