Leticia Van de Putte

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Leticia R. Van de Putte
Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.jpg
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 26th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
1999
Preceded byGregory Luna
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 115
In office
1991–1999
Preceded byOrlando Luis Garcia
Succeeded byMike Villarreal
Personal details
BornLeticia R. San Miguel
(1954-12-06) December 6, 1954 (age 60)
Tacoma, Washington, USA
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Pete Van de Putte
ChildrenSix children
ResidenceSan Antonio, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin, Harvard University
ProfessionPharmacist
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websiteleticiavandeputte.com
 
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Leticia R. Van de Putte
Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.jpg
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 26th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
1999
Preceded byGregory Luna
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 115
In office
1991–1999
Preceded byOrlando Luis Garcia
Succeeded byMike Villarreal
Personal details
BornLeticia R. San Miguel
(1954-12-06) December 6, 1954 (age 60)
Tacoma, Washington, USA
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Pete Van de Putte
ChildrenSix children
ResidenceSan Antonio, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin, Harvard University
ProfessionPharmacist
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websiteleticiavandeputte.com

Leticia R. San Miguel Van de Putte[1] (born December 6, 1954)[2] is a Democratic member of the Texas Senate representing the 26th District in San Antonio, Texas. In 2014, she was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor but was handily defeated by a Senate colleague, Republican Dan Patrick of Houston.

Previously, she was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Van de Putte won her own primary for Lieutenant Governor without opposition in the March 4 primary; she polled 451,211 votes. She was easily defeated by Patrick in the November 4, 2014 general election: Patrick polled 2,724,493 votes (58.14%) to Van de Putte's 1,813,974 votes (38.71%). While her senatorial colleague Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth, who was easily defeated in the open gubernatorial race by the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott of Houston.[3]

On November 19, 2014, Van de Putte announced she was running for Mayor of San Antonio in the 2015 mayoral election. She also announced plans to resign from the Texas State Senate [1]

Early life[edit]

Van de Putte was born in Tacoma, Washington, the oldest of five children of Daniel and Isabel San Miguel, a sixth-generation Tejano family. Her father was stationed at Fort Lewis when she was born.[4] The family returned to San Antonio, where she was subsequently reared. Van de Putte has six children and six grandchildren with her husband, Pete.

Education and career as pharmacist[edit]

Van de Putte is a 1973 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio.[4] She was accepted to the University of Houston pharmacy program, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, who was a practicing pharmacist. After meeting her husband and getting married while in pharmacy school, she transferred to the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, from which she graduated in 1979.

Upon graduation, she worked for her grandfather's pharmacy before buying her own business in the Loma Park area of San Antonio. She currently works part-time at the Davila Pharmacy on San Antonio’s West Side.[5]

Van de Putte became a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993.

Political career[edit]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Van de Putte began her legislative career with her 1990 election to the Texas House of Representatives (District 115).

Texas Senate[edit]

Van de Putte currently represents Texas Senate District 26, which consists of a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. She has represented the district ever since she won a special election to the Senate in 1999. In 2003, she was appointed Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, a position she held until 2011. Van de Putte currently serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and also is a member of the Senate Committees on Education, State Affairs, and Business and Commerce. She is also co-chair of the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking.[6]

She considered running in the 2010 race for governor against Republican Rick Perry, but in June 2009 decided to run for re-election to the Texas Senate.[7]

On June 25, 2013, following a 10-hour filibuster over abortion restrictions by State Senator Wendy Davis, Van de Putte queried the Presiding Officer, State Senator Robert L. Duncan, a Republican from Lubbock, whom she said had ignored her repeated motions earlier. Van de Putte asked, "Mr. President, at what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?"[8]

National politics[edit]

Van de Putte speaks during a press conference before the start of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, flanked by her fellow co-chairs and the convention chair.

At the national level, Van de Putte is an active and deeply involved member of many political organizations, including the National Assessment Governing Board, the American Legacy Foundation Board, and the National Conference of State Legislatures, of which she served as president from 2006 to 2007. In addition, she led the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators as president from 2003 to 2005.

In 2008, Van de Putte served as a co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention along with Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Shirley Franklin, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi served as permanent chair.[9]

2014 campaign[edit]

In November 2013, Van de Putte announced that she would be running for lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections.[10]

Her Senate seat will be contested again in 2016.

Election history[edit]

Senate election history of Van de Putte.[11]

Most recent election[edit]

Texas general election, 2012: Senate District 26[12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
GreenChris Christal10,5576.03+6.03
DemocraticLeticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)140,75780.42-1.02
LibertarianNazirite R. Flores Perez22,90413.08-5.47
IndependentDeborah L. Parrish8010.45+0.45
Turnout175,019+4.11
Democratic hold

Previous elections[edit]

2008[edit]

Texas general election, 2008: Senate District 26[13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticLeticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)136,91381.44+24.34
LibertarianSteve Lopez31,19418.55+15.69
Majority105,71962.89+45.83
Turnout168,107-9.13
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Texas general election, 2004: Senate District 26[14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanJim Valdez74,07040.04+40.04
DemocraticLeticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)105,62557.10-42.90
LibertarianRaymundo Alemán5,2952.86+2.86
Majority31,55517.06-82.94
Turnout184,990+149.44
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 2004: Senate District 26[15]
CandidateVotes%±%
Johnny Rodriguez3,68518.06
Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)16,72381.94
Majority13,03863.89
Turnout20,408

2002[edit]

Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 26[16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticLeticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)74,163100.000.00
Majority74,163100.000.00
Turnout74,163-29.88
Democratic hold

2000[edit]

Texas general election, 2000: Senate District 26[17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticLeticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)105,771100.00+32.46
Majority105,771100.00+64.92
Turnout105,771-16.86
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 2000: Senate District 26[18]
CandidateVotes%±%
David McQuade Leibowitz11,23245.63
Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)13,38154.37
Majority2,1498.73
Turnout24,613

1999[edit]

Special election: Senate District 26, Unexpired term[19]
2 November 1999
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticLeo Alvarado, Jr.[20]12,47321.02
DemocraticLauro Bustamante, Jr.4,2457.16
RepublicanAnne Newman6,76811.41
DemocraticLeticia Van de Putte[20]27,13945.74
RepublicanMark Weber8,70214.67
Turnout59,327
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Records (1977-10-23). "Marriage record No. 117996 (Henry P. Van de Putte to Leticia San Miguel)" (Third party index of marriage records for Bexar County, Texas). Rootsweb.com. Retrieved 2007-01-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (Texas) (2002-09-13). "State Senate Candidates for 2002 General Election". Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Democratic and Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Tressler, Sarah (January 1, 2014). "A brief history of Leticia Van De Putte". San Antonio express-news. 
  5. ^ "Pharmacists in politics". American Pharmacists Association. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ "About Leticia". The Official Leticia Van de Putte Campaign Site. 
  7. ^ "Sen. Van de Putte says she won't run for governor but Sen. Watson should". El Paso Times. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ Reilly, Mollie (June 26, 2013). "Leticia Van De Putte, Texas Legislator, Slams Male Colleagues During Abortion Filibuster". Huffington Post. 
  9. ^ "Democrats Announce 2008 Convention Chairs". Democratic National Committee. July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ Kilday Hart, Patricia (2013-11-13). "Sources: Van de Putte will run for lite guv, announcement tomorrow". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
  12. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State: 1992 – Current ELECTION HISTORY". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  13. ^ "2008 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  14. ^ "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  15. ^ "2004 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  16. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  17. ^ "2000 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  18. ^ "2000 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  19. ^ "1999 Special Election for State Senate". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  20. ^ a b Houston Chronicle News Services (1999-11-12). "New senator takes oath". Houston Chronicle. p. A39. Retrieved 2007-01-05. Van de Putte, a Democrat, assumed the Senate seat after receiving the most votes in a special election Nov. 2. She was to be in a runoff with state Rep. Leo Alvarado, but he withdrew. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Orlando Luis Garcia
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 115 (San Antonio)

1991–1999
Succeeded by
Mike Villarreal
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Gregory Luna
Texas State Senator
from District 26 (San Antonio)

1999 – present
Incumbent