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
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Leticia R. San Miguel
(1954-12-06) December 6, 1954 (age 59)
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pete Van de Putte
Children Six children
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin, Harvard University
Profession Pharmacist
Religion Roman Catholic
Website leticiavandeputte.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, and is the Democratic nominee for Texas Lt. Governor. Previously, she was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Van de Putte is currently the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in the November 4, 2014 general election. She will face Republican state Senator Dan Patrick, of Houston, in the November 6 general election.[3] Van de Putte won her own primary for lieutenant governor without opposition in the March 4 primary; she polled 451,211 votes. She is seeking the lieutenant governorship on a party ticket with senatorial colleague Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth, who is running against the Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott of Houston.[4]

Early life[edit]

Van de Putte was born in Tacoma, Washington, the oldest of five children born to Daniel and Isabel San Miguel, a ninth-generation Tejano family. Her father was stationed at Fort Lewis when she was born.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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?"[9]

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.[10]

2014 campaign[edit]

In November 2013, Van de Putte announced that she would be running for lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections.[3] She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face off against her Republican opponent in November 2014.[11]

Election history[edit]

Senate election history of Van de Putte.[12]

Most recent election[edit]

Texas general election, 2012: Senate District 26[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Chris Christal 10,557 6.03 +6.03
Democratic Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 140,757 80.42 -1.02
Libertarian Nazirite R. Flores Perez 22,904 13.08 -5.47
Independent Deborah L. Parrish 801 0.45 +0.45
Turnout 175,019 +4.11
Democratic hold

Previous elections[edit]


Texas general election, 2008: Senate District 26[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 136,913 81.44 +24.34
Libertarian Steve Lopez 31,194 18.55 +15.69
Majority 105,719 62.89 +45.83
Turnout 168,107 -9.13
Democratic hold


Texas general election, 2004: Senate District 26[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Valdez 74,070 40.04 +40.04
Democratic Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 105,625 57.10 -42.90
Libertarian Raymundo Alemán 5,295 2.86 +2.86
Majority 31,555 17.06 -82.94
Turnout 184,990 +149.44
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 2004: Senate District 26[16]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Johnny Rodriguez 3,685 18.06
Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 16,723 81.94
Majority 13,038 63.89
Turnout 20,408


Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 26[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 74,163 100.00 0.00
Majority 74,163 100.00 0.00
Turnout 74,163 -29.88
Democratic hold


Texas general election, 2000: Senate District 26[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 105,771 100.00 +32.46
Majority 105,771 100.00 +64.92
Turnout 105,771 -16.86
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 2000: Senate District 26[19]
Candidate Votes % ±%
David McQuade Leibowitz 11,232 45.63
Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent) 13,381 54.37
Majority 2,149 8.73
Turnout 24,613


Special election: Senate District 26, Unexpired term[20]
2 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Leo Alvarado, Jr.[21] 12,473 21.02
Democratic Lauro Bustamante, Jr. 4,245 7.16
Republican Anne Newman 6,768 11.41
Democratic Leticia Van de Putte[21] 27,139 45.74
Republican Mark Weber 8,702 14.67
Turnout 59,327
Democratic hold


  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. ^ a b Kilday Hart, Patricia (2013-11-13). "Sources: Van de Putte will run for lite guv, announcement tomorrow". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ "Democratic and Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Tressler, Sarah (January 1, 2014). "A brief history of Leticia Van De Putte". San Antonio express-news. 
  6. ^ "Pharmacists in politics". American Pharmacists Association. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ "About Leticia". The Official Leticia Van de Putte Campaign Site. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Mollie (June 26, 2013). "Leticia Van De Putte, Texas Legislator, Slams Male Colleagues During Abortion Filibuster". Huffington Post. 
  10. ^ "Democrats Announce 2008 Convention Chairs". Democratic National Committee. July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ Parks, Scott K. (2013-12-26). "The name game: Van de Putte’s surname creates challenges in her race for Texas No. 2 job". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  12. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
  13. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State: 1992 – Current ELECTION HISTORY". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  14. ^ "2008 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  15. ^ "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  16. ^ "2004 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  17. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  18. ^ "2000 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  19. ^ "2000 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  20. ^ "1999 Special Election for State Senate". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  21. ^ 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)

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

1999 – present