Leticia R. Van de Putte

Infobox State Senator


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honorific-prefix =
name = Leticia R. Van de Putte
honorific-suffix =
state_senate = Texas
state = Texas
district = 1st
term_start = 1999
preceded =
succeeded = Incumbent
party = Democratic
birth_date = birth date and age|1954|12|6
birth_place = Tacoma, Washington
death_date =
death_place =
spouse = Pete
residence = San Antonio, Texas
alma_mater = University of Texas, Austin, Harvard University
occupation =
profession = pharmacist
religion = Roman Catholic
website =

Leticia R. San Miguel Van de Putte [cite web
url = http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/bexar/vitals/marriages/1977/bexam77j.txt
title = Marriage record No. 117996 (Henry P. Van de Putte to Leticia San Miguel)
accessdate = 2007-01-05
date= 1977-10-23
format = Third party index of marriage records for Bexar County, Texas
publisher = [http://www.rootsweb.com Rootsweb.com]
author = Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Records
] (born 6 December 1954) [cite web
url = http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/general/senate/senateaddr.shtml
title = State Senate Candidates for 2002 General Election
accessdate = 2006-12-27
date= 2002-09-13
author = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)
] is a Democratic member of the Texas Senate representing the 26th District. She was previously a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Van de Putte was born in Tacoma, Washington, and raised in San Antonio, where she currently lives with her husband of 30 years, Henry P. "Pete" Van De Putte Jr., and their six children: Nichole, Vanessa, Henry, Gregory, Isabella, and Paul. [cite web |work=The Official Leticia Van de Putte Campaign Site |url=http://www.leticiavandeputte.com/meet.asp |title=Meet Leticia]

Political career

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a pharmacist for more than 28 years, represents a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former-five term state representative, she is now serving her fourth term as a Texas State Senator for District 26. In 2002 she became the Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus and is currently the Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus. Nationally, Senator Van de Putte is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where she served as President from 2003 to 2005. She has also been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures. She served as a member of the Executive Committee for three years and is currently serving as President of NCSL, as the first Texan and first Hispanic to ever chair the organization. She will also serve on the Executive Committee of The Council of State Governments through 2006.

Senator 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.

Honors and awards

Over the past two decades, Senator Van de Putte has been honored with numerous awards such as the Vietnam Veteran's of America's "Legislator of the Year Award," the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill "Texas Legislative Champion Award", the United Way of San Antonio "Children's Championship Award", the League of United Latin American Citizens' "Legislative Recognition Award", Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve "Seven Seals Award", the Texas Classroom Teachers Association "Legislative Star" Award, the Texas Pharmacy Association "Pharmacist of the Year", the American Pharmacists Association's "Hubert H. Humphrey" Award named for a noted pharmacist and public servant, and the Center for Policy Alternatives honored Senator Leticia Van de Putte with the "Arthur S. Fleming Leadership Award". This national award is presented to a leader who exemplifies the ideals of public service through the highest standards of performance. Most recently, the Senator received the Charles M. West Distinguished American Award, which recognizes leaders whose contributions have had a lasting impact on pharmacy and the health and welfare of the American public.

She is a strong advocate for children, veterans, improved access to health care, quality education, and economic development issues and has consistently authored and sponsored bills to assist families in securing opportunities. Senator Van de Putte has been a key author of bills that reformed our welfare system, revamped our Juvenile Code, and insured children. Multiple civic organizations and community groups have recognized Senator Van de Putte as one of the most effective, hardworking, sincere, and influential legislators in Texas.

2008 Democratic National Convention

Van de Putte served as a co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention along with Kansas Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius and Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Shirley Franklin, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi served as permanent chair. [ [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-02-2007/0004619508&EDATE= Democrats Announce 2008 Convention Chairs ] ]

Education

Senator Van de Putte was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, and she is a 1973 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Election history

Senate election history of Van de Putte. [Uncontested primary elections are not shown.]

Most recent election

2004

Election box begin long names
title=Texas general election, 2004: Senate District 26 [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 2004 General Election | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
Election box candidate with party link
party= Republican Party (US)
candidate = Jim Valdez
votes = 74,070
percentage = 40.04
change = +40.04
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)
votes = 105,625
percentage = 57.10
change = -42.90
Election box candidate with party link
party= Libertarian Party (US)
candidate = Raymundo Alemán
votes = 5,295
percentage = 2.86
change = +2.86
Election box majority
votes = 31,555
percentage = 17.06
change = -82.94
Election box turnout
votes = 184,990
percentage =
change = +149.44
Election box hold with party link no swing
winner = Democratic Party (US)
Election box begin no party
title=Democratic primary, 2004: Senate District 26 [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 2004 Democratic Party Primary Election | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
Election box candidate no party with winner
winner =
candidate = Johnny Rodriguez
votes = 3,685
percentage = 18.06
change =
Election box candidate no party with winner
winner = ✓
candidate = Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)
votes = 16,723
percentage = 81.94
change =
Election box majority no party
votes = 13,038
percentage = 63.89
change =
Election box turnout no party
votes = 20,408
percentage =
change =

Previous elections

2002

Election box begin long names
title=Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 26 [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 2002 General Election | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)
votes = 74,163
percentage = 100.00
change = 0.00
Election box majority
votes = 74,163
percentage = 100.00
change = 0.00
Election box turnout
votes = 74,163
percentage =
change = -29.88
Election box hold with party link no swing
winner = Democratic Party (US)

2000

Election box begin long names
title=Texas general election, 2000: Senate District 26 [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 2000 General Election | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)
votes = 105,771
percentage = 100.00
change = +32.46
Election box majority
votes = 105,771
percentage = 100.00
change = +64.92
Election box turnout
votes = 105,771
percentage =
change = -16.86
Election box hold with party link no swing
winner = Democratic Party (US)
Election box begin no party
title=Democratic primary, 2000: Senate District 26 [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 2000 Democratic Party Primary Election | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
Election box candidate no party with winner
winner =
candidate = David McQuade Leibowitz
votes = 11,232
percentage = 45.63
change =
Election box candidate no party with winner
winner = ✓
candidate = Leticia R. Van de Putte (Incumbent)
votes = 13,381
percentage = 54.37
change =
Election box majority no party
votes = 2,149
percentage = 8.73
change =
Election box turnout no party
votes = 24,613
percentage =
change =

1999

Election box begin
title=Special election: Senate District 26, Unexpired term [cite web | url = http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe | title = 1999 Special Election for State Senate | accessdate = 2007-01-05 | publisher = Office of the Secretary of State (Texas)]
2 November 1999
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Leo Alvarado, Jr.cite news
author = Houston Chronicle News Services
coauthors =
title = New senator takes oath
url = http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1999_3177197
work = Houston Chronicle
page = A39
date= 1999-11-12
accessdate = 2007-01-05
quote = 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.
]
votes = 12,473
percentage = 21.02
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Lauro Bustamante, Jr.
votes = 4,245
percentage = 7.16
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party= Republican Party (US)
candidate = Anne Newman
votes = 6,768
percentage = 11.41
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party= Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Leticia Van de Putte
votes = 27,139
percentage = 45.74
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party= Republican Party (US)
candidate = Mark Weber
votes = 8,702
percentage = 14.67
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 59,327
percentage =
change =
Election box hold with party link no swing
winner = Democratic Party (US)

References

External links

* [http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist26/dist26.htm Senate of Texas - Senator Leticia R. Van de Putte] official TX Senate website
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8021 Project Vote Smart - Senator Leticia R. Van de Putte (TX)] profile
*"Follow the Money" - Leticia R. Van de Putte
** [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=83164 2006] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=64080 2004] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=17447 2002] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=52657 2000] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=52344 1998] campaign contributions

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ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Leticia R. San Miguel
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