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Vela, Filemon Bartolome
Born May 1, 1935, in Harlingen, TX
Died April 13, 2004, in Harlingen, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on January 22, 1980, to a seat vacated by Reynaldo G. Garza. Confirmed by the Senate on June 18, 1980, and received commission on June 18, 1980. Assumed senior status on May 1, 2000. Service terminated on April 13, 2004, due to death.

Education:
St. Mary`s University School of Law, Texas, J.D., 1962

Professional Career:
U.S. Army private, 1957-1959
Private practice, Harlingen, Texas, 1962-1963
Private practice, Brownsville, Texas, 1963-1974
City commissioner, Brownsville, Texas, 1971-1973
Judge, Cameron and Willacy Counties [Texas] One Hundred and Seventh District Court, 1975-1980
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