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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
|Texas House of Representatives|
Orlando Luis Garcia
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 115 (San Antonio)
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 26th district