Progressive Democrat for State Representative
Jose “Chito” Vela III is an immigration attorney, workers’ rights advocate and City of Austin planning commissioner. Chito is married to Fabiola Flores, an attorney in the Austin office of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. A former president of the Blanton Elementary PTA, Chito has two children who attend AISD schools: Josue, age 12, and Perla, age 10. A longtime advocate for working families in Austin, Vela is the former board chair of the nonprofit Workers Defense Project and is a partner in Walker Gates Vela PLLC, a law firm dedicated to serving immigrants. Vela also currently serves on the City of Austin Planning Commission, where he advocates for solutions to the Austin area’s affordability crisis that create opportunities for people of all income levels to find housing. Prior to beginning his own law practice, Vela served as General Counsel for a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives and was an Assistant Attorney General in the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.