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Texas 2022 Elections

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela steps down, setting up a heated battle for his South Texas district

Vela’s resignation is effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday in a move he said was coming. Gov. Greg Abbott can now call a special election to fill his unfinished term.

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela Jr., D-Brownsville, speaks to the media during his visit to Casa Presidente, an unaccompanied minor shelter in Brownsville, on June 18, 2018.

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