Filemon Vela was a Representative from Texas. Born in Harlingen, Tex. in 1963, he earned his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1985 and his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1987. Before serving in congress he was a civil attorney. He was elected as a Democrat to the 113th and to the four succeeding Congresses until his resignation (January 3, 2013-March 31, 2022).