Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas Will Not Seek Reelection

March 22, 2021

Rep. Fileman Vela (TX-34) announced Monday that he will not seek a 6th term in 2022. Vela becomes the third member in the past day to announce their departure at the end of this term.  Jody Hice (R, GA-10) is running for Secretary of State; Tom Reed (R, NY-23) is not seeking any office

Vela's South Texas district - oddly shaped like many in the state - runs from the Mexican border up to east of San Antonio, bypassing Corpus Christi along the way. Vela won reelection by about 14% in 2020, running well ahead of Joe Biden, who won by just five points.

Texas has seen rapid population growth in recent decades, gaining from 2-4 congressional seats after each of the last four Census reapportionments. It is expected to gain three more this year, bringing the total to 39.

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