Leticia Van de Putte
|Leticia R. Van de Putte|
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 26th district
November 10, 1999 – January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Gregory Luna|
|Succeeded by||Jose Menendez|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 115|
January 8, 1991 – November 9, 1999
|Preceded by||Orlando Luis Garcia|
|Succeeded by||Mike Villarreal|
|Born||Leticia R. San Miguel
December 6, 1954
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Pete Van de Putte|
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas|
|Alma mater||University of Texas, Austin, Harvard University|
Leticia R. San Miguel Van de Putte (born December 6, 1954) is an American politician from San Antonio, Texas. She represented the 26th District in the Texas Senate from 1999-2015. From 1991 to 1999, Van de Putte was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. In 2014, she was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor but lost the general election, 58-38 percent, to her Republican senatorial colleague, Dan Patrick of Houston. Following that defeat, she then resigned from the Texas Senate to run for mayor of San Antonio, which she narrowly lost to Ivy Taylor, 52-48 percent.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Education and career as pharmacist
- 3 Political career
- 4 Election history
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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. 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
Van de Putte is a 1973 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. 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.
Texas House of Representatives
Van de Putte began her legislative career with her 1990 election to the Texas House of Representatives (District 115).
Van de Putte represented Texas Senate District 26, which consists of a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County, from 1999-2015. 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 was appointed chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee in 2003, and was a member of the Senate Committees on Education, State Affairs, and Business and Commerce. She was also co-chair of the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking.
On June 25, 2013, Wendy Davis gave an 11-hour filibuster in an attempt to run out a special legislative session so that a vote could not be held on Texas Senate Bill 5. At about 15 minutes to midnight, Van de Putte confronted the Presiding Officer, State Senator Robert L. Duncan, a Republican from Lubbock, who she said had ignored her repeated motions earlier. Van de Putte asked him, "at what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?" Her question was immediately met with cheers and applause by the spectators in the gallery. The applause delayed the legislative session past the midnight deadline, effectively ending the legislative session without a vote on the bill. This bill was ultimately passed in a special session ordered by then Governor Rick Perry.
On January 8, 2013, Van de Putte was elected President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate's 83rd Regular Session.
Coinciding with her announcement to run for Mayor of San Antonio, Van de Putte resigned from the Senate once her successor Jose Menendez was elected, ending nearly 24 years of work at the Texas Capitol.
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.
2014 lieutenant governor campaign
In November 2013, Van de Putte announced that she would be running for lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections.
She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary but lost to Republican Dan Patrick in the general election.
2015 mayoral campaign
On November 19, 2014, Van de Putte announced her candidacy for Mayor of San Antonio in the 2015 mayoral election. After finishing first with 30% of the vote in the general election, Van de Putte qualified for the runoff election on June 13, 2015. Despite running a hard campaign, Van de Putte lost the runoff election 52-48 percent to Ivy Taylor.
Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
|✓||Leticia Van de Putte||25,982||30.43%|
|Michael "Commander" Idrogo||221||0.26%|
|Julie Iris Oldham (Mama Bexar)||103||0.12%|
|Pogo Mochello Reese||29||0.03%|
* Vote percentage include all of Bexar County with a total of 12,316 either voting in another municipal election or casting no ballot for San Antonio mayor.
|Leticia Van de Putte||47,328||48.30%|
|Democratic||Leticia Van de Putte||1,810,720||38.72|
|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|
|Democratic||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||136,913||81.44||+24.34|
|Democratic||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||105,625||57.10||-42.90|
|✓||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||16,723||81.94|
|Democratic||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||74,163||100.00||0.00|
|Democratic||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||105,771||100.00||+32.46|
|David McQuade Leibowitz||11,232||45.63|
|✓||Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)||13,381||54.37|
|Democratic||Leo Alvarado, Jr.||12,473||21.02|
|Democratic||Lauro Bustamante, Jr.||4,245||7.16|
|Democratic||Leticia Van de Putte||27,139||45.74|
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- Tressler, Sarah (January 1, 2014). "A brief history of Leticia Van De Putte". San Antonio express-news.
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- "State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte". The Texas Tribune.
- "Leticia Van de Putte papers". Texas Archival Resources Online.
- "Sen. Van de Putte said she wouldn't run for governor but Sen. Watson should". El Paso Times. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- Reilly, Mollie (June 26, 2013). "Leticia Van De Putte, Texas Legislator, Slams Male Colleagues During Abortion Filibuster". Huffington Post.
- Martinez, Fidel. "A GIF tribute to Leticia Van de Putte's badass mic drop". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- Teitelbaum, Ben. "5 Moment From Wendy Davis's Epic Filibuster". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Van de Putte Resigning to Run for San Antonio Mayor". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- "Democrats Announce 2008 Convention Chairs". Democratic National Committee. July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Van de Putte gets high-profile role at Dem convention". San Antonio Express-News. March 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- "San Antonio Rally Key to Clinton's National Strategy". The Texas Tribune. October 12, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- Kilday Hart, Patricia (2013-11-13). "Sources: Van de Putte will run for lite guv, announcement tomorrow". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "San Antonio Mayor". Kens 5. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
- "Taylor Becomes San Antonio's First Elected Black Mayor". Rivard Report. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- "Office of the Secretary of State 2014 General Election Election Night Returns". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
- "Office of the Secretary of State: 1992 – Current ELECTION HISTORY". Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "2008 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- "2004 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- "2000 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- "2000 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- "1999 Special Election for State Senate". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Leticia Van de Putte.|
- Senate of Texas – Senator Leticia R. Van de Putte official TX Senate website
- leticiaformayor.com official campaign website
- Project Vote Smart – Senator Leticia R. Van de Putte (TX) profile
- Follow the Money – Leticia R. Van de Putte
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from District 115 (San Antonio)
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from the 26th district