Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D)

Industry
Lawyer
Education
Georgetown University; J.D., University of Texas at Austin
Spouse
Rose Vela
Committees
  • Agriculture
  • Homeland Security
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Vela was a practicing attorney in Brownsville for more than 20 years.

  • His wife, Rose Vela, served as a Republican justice on Texas’ 13th Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2012.

Property

  • Residence in Brownsville valued at $198,187

Analysis

  • Vela's top campaign supporters in the last election cycle included Dos Logistics, the American Association for Justice and the Border Health PAC.

  • His father, Filemon B. Vela, served as a U.S. district judge in the Brownsville division of the Southern District of Texas.

  • His mother, Blanca Vela, was the first female mayor of Brownsville.