Former South Texas district judge Rose Vela was appointed as Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships by President Joe Biden on Friday.
The President's Commission on White House Fellowships, established in 1964, is responsible for selecting emerging leaders interested in public service to gain first-hand experience on the inner workings at the highest levels of the Federal government, a news release said.
Vela was born in San Antonio and became licensed to practice law in Texas in 1988. She served as Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Alfonso Chapa of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio, before marrying Congressman Filemon Vela and moving to Corpus Christi.
Rose Vela worked as a Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Robert J. Seerden of the 13th Court of Appeals before entering into private civil practice in Corpus Christi.
In 1998, Vela was elected to the 148th State District Court of Nueces County. After serving two terms as a district judge, Vela was elected as an Associate Justice to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, overseeing 20 counties in South Texas. She retired from state judicial service in 2016.
Vela has served on various boards including the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District, Nueces County Appraisal District, Nueces County Court Appointed Special Advocates. She is also a former President of the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association and Director of the Corpus Christi Bar Association, the release said.