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Rep. Filemon Vela

Former Representative for Texas’s 34th District

pronounced FEE-leh-mon // VEH-la


Vela was the representative for Texas’s 34th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2022.

Photo of Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34, 2013-2022]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Vela is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Vela has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 22, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Vela was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vela sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Immigration (18%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Commerce (8%) Emergency Management (8%) Education (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Vela recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Vela voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Vela voted Yea

Vela voted Nay

Passed 403/3 on Sep 5, 2017.

H.R. 2864 would allow SEC reporting companies, which already meet the SEC’s ongoing disclosure requirements, to be able to take advantage of Regulation A+. The …

Vela voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

Vela voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Vela voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Vela voted Aye

Vela voted Aye

Passed 285/144 on Jan 23, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Mar 2022, Vela missed 185 of 5,244 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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