Experience: House: District 34, 2013-Present
Home State: Texas
Running: President, United States, 2016
Total Raised: $1,005,613Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Winning: Won with 0.00%
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    Full Name: Filemon Vela, Jr.
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Rose
    Birth Date: 02/13/1963
    Birth Place: Harlingen, TX


    JD, University of Texas Law School, 1987
    Graduated, Georgetown University, 1985

Political Experience

    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2012-present

Current Legislative Committees

    Homeland Security, Member
    Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Ranking Member
    Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, Member
    Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Member
    Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Member

Professional Experience

    Former Intern, Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz
    Former Intern, Federal Judicial Center
Total: 1
Vela to host congressional summit in Harlingen

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela will host a congressional summit in Harlingen focusing on veterans’ issues, employment, health care, education and financial literacy. 

By KAYLEIGH SOMMER Staff Writer | Valley Star
General Survey
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

No Opinion
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

No Opinion
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

6. Vouchers for school choice

7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements
10. Expand the military

No Opinion
11. Support & expand free trade

No Opinion
12. Support American Exceptionalism
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

No Opinion
14. Expand ObamaCare

No Opinion
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Support
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

No Opinion
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Strongly Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Support
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Oppose
Total: 6
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
05/18/2017 H.R.2281 Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017 05/18/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  (All Actions)
07/22/2016 H.R.5705 To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists. 07/22/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions)
09/29/2015 H.R.2786 Cross-Border Rail Security Act of 2015 09/29/2015 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  (All Actions)
07/09/2013 H.R.2307 Working to Address Treaty Enforcement Rapidly for Texas Act 07/09/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.  (All Actions)
06/07/2013 H.R.1863 To require the Secretary of State to submit a report on water sharing with Mexico. 06/07/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.  (All Actions)
02/25/2013 H.R.583 Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act 02/25/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture.  (All Actions)
Total: 462
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/13/2017 H.R.627 Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017
06/12/2017 H.Res.380 Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
06/08/2017 H.R.2213 Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017
05/22/2017 H.R.1370 Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017
05/22/2017 H.R.695 Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
05/18/2017 H.R.1477 No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act
05/17/2017 H.R.2475 To provide for the long-term improvement of public school facilities, and for other purposes.
05/17/2017 H.R.356 Protecting Our Democracy Act
05/05/2017 H.R.2351 Minority Diabetes Initiative Act
05/02/2017 H.R.2283 DHS MORALE Act
05/02/2017 H.R.2282 Equality Act
05/02/2017 H.Con.Res.52 Expressing the sense of Congress that an appropriate site in the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery should be provided for a memorial marker to honor the memory of those who have been awarded or are eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal who are missing in action, are unaccounted for, or died in-theater.
04/28/2017 H.R.2251 Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act
04/26/2017 H.R.876 Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017 Passed Yea
04/25/2017 H.R.2132 Traveler Redress Improvement Act of 2017
04/25/2017 H.R.1358 Scientific Integrity Act
04/07/2017 H.R.2029 SIGN Act
04/07/2017 H.Res.270 Supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.
04/07/2017 H.R.1902 Social Security 2100 Act
04/07/2017 H.Res.235 Directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the Department of Homeland Security's research, integration, and analysis activities relating to Russian Government interference in the elections for Federal office held in 2016.
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