Leticia Van de Putte Campaign

Who am I?

I have proudly represented the people of San Antonio at the Texas Legislature since 1991. I am a practicing pharmacist since 1980, and was a former-five term state representative, now representing Texas Senate District 26 since 1999.

On January 8, 2013, I was unanimously elected by my colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate’s 83rd Regular Session. On May 4, 2013, I was sworn in as Governor for a Day. After the 2013 Legislative Session, I was named to Texas Monthly’s 10 Best Legislators List.

Prior to serving in the Texas Legislature, I worked as a pharmacist in mental health clinics, a hospital, and my grandfather’s pharmacy, The Botica Guadalupana, before purchasing my own business, the Loma Park Pharmacy and Medical Clinic. I am now employed by Davila Pharmacy on San Antonio’s West Side.

I have been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), serving as President 2006-07. I am an active member of the National Assessment Governing Board, the American Legacy Foundation Board, and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators where I served as President 2003-05.

My husband Pete and I are blessed with six wonderful children: Nichole, Vanessa, Henry, Gregory, Isabella, and Paul. We are also proud grandparents of six nearly perfect grandchildren: Julian, Jove, Marlo, Elliot, Asher, and Rex, who became an angel on May 7, 2013.

On November 23, 2013, I launched my campaign for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas.

Why am I running?

Throughout my legislative career I have been a strong advocate for children; active duty military, veterans, and their families; quality public education; and the economic development of San Antonio. I have authored and sponsored bills to assist small businesses in securing opportunities to thrive. And I have made our streets safer, leading the charge against the horrible crime of human trafficking. I am committed to continuing my fight for Texas families as Lieutenant Governor.

When I announced my candidacy for Lt. Governor I said "I have to run. It’s my grandchildren. It’s your grandchildren. It’s the future of Texas: Proverbs 3:27 says “Don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it’s in your power to act.” That’s what guides me as a public servant, that’s what will guide me in this race, and that’s what will guide me as your Lt. Governor."

My Goals

Supporting our neighborhood public schools is a main priority of mine. After the damaging budget cuts from the 2011 legislative session, some school districts are still struggling. I’ll stay laser-focused on public education and the fact that if we don’t give our teachers the tools to teach, we can’t give our children a world-class education, and they’ll never achieve their world-class dreams.

I voted against the budget during the 2011Legislative Session because of the unnecessary budget cuts and fought to reverse the damage done as a result of those cuts during the 2013 legislative session.

I will continue my work to enhance the lives of active service members, veterans and their families. As chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I have passed numerous legislative initiatives honoring our service members, veterans and their loved one. That work includes property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and surviving spouses, a streamlined process for spouses to be able to secure an employment license if they have a license in a different state and higher education tuition benefits for veterans and their families.

Another goal is to work to enhance the lives of everyday Texans. Fighting for maintaining affordable insurance rates, reversing policy decisions which seek to increase electricity costs for customers, and keep state spending low because our everyday Texas families don't have an extra dime to waste.

I will continue my work to enhance the lives of active service members, veterans and their families. As chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I have passed numerous legislative initiatives honoring our service members, veterans and their loved one. That work includes property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and surviving spouses, a streamlined process for spouses to be able to secure an employment license if they have a license in a different state and higher education tuition benefits for veterans and their families.

Another goal is to work to enhance the lives of everyday Texans. Fighting for maintaining affordable insurance rates, reversing policy decisions which seek to increase electricity costs for customers, and keep state spending low because our everyday Texas families don't have an extra dime to waste.

My DFA Values

Texans are proud individuals and have a “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality. However, we love our communities and will help a neighbor when they are in need. Those values must be embodied in the type of leadership style of our state leaders. We must build strong communities — that means supporting our local schools, which are often the focal point of neighborhoods.

Our Texas leaders must also work to protect the citizens of the State and never trample on the rights of those citizens. Current leadership in Texas has enacted discriminatory redistricting maps which hurt our minority communities, voter identification laws which only seek to disenfranchise voters, and have fought efforts to provide equality in the workplace for women and our LGBT community. I will work to ensure equality is valued in Texas.

My Campaign is People Powered!

We are working with ally groups including the Texas Democratic Party, Battleground Texas, Annie's List and others to inform Texans of my record and my priorities. Working with those groups, I plan to travel around the state to share my message with everyday Texans.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Jeanne Seals
  • John Turner-McClelland, TX
  • Robert Simmons
  • Suzan Cooke, TX
  • Jolene Steuckrath
  • Brian Dungan, TX
  • Edra c. Bogle, TX
  • Jeremiah Santos
  • Judy Watkins, TX
  • Joanne Richards, TX
...and 6 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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