Leticia Van de Putte

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Leticia Van de Putte
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Texas State Senate, District 26
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Austin, 1979
Personal
BirthdayDecember 6, 1954
Place of birthTacoma, WA
ProfessionPharmacy
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Leticia R. Van de Putte (b. December 6, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 26. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.[1] She became State Senate President Pro Tempore in 2013.[2]

Van de Putte ran for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 2014.[3] Leticia Van de Putte lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Shortly after State Representative Michael Villarreal announced that he would be resigning his seat in the Texas House of Representatives to run for Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Van de Putte confirmed that she is being considered as a candidate to run for Mayor of San Antonio, according to The Texas Tribune. In her statement on November 9, 2014, Van de Putte wrote, "Recently, many business and community leaders have asked me to play a new role in service to San Antonio, as Mayor. I am humbled by their confidence and support."[4] This is a reversal from a statement she made in July, 2014 that she would not be running for the Mayorship: “Under no circumstance will I be running for mayor of San Antonio. I will be in the Senate come January 2015.”[4][5] On November 11, 2014, State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer said that he would consider running for Van de Putte's State Senate seat, if she chose to run for Mayor.[4]

Biography

Van de Putte graduated with a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 from the College of Pharmacy.

In addition to being a senator, Van de Putte was also the Advisory Member of Health Systems Research, Incorporated from 1993 to 1999 and also held the title of Pharmacy Advisory Panel, Eli Lilly and Company from 1989 to 1996.[6]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Van de Putte served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Business & Commerce
Education
State Affairs
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Van de Putte served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Van de Putte served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Van de Putte ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Texas. She won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on March 4, 2014.[3][7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

General election
Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 58.1% 2,718,406
     Democrat Leticia Van de Putte 38.7% 1,810,720
     Libertarian Robert Butler 2.6% 119,581
     Green Chandrakantha Courtney 0.6% 27,651
Total Votes 4,676,358
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Endorsements

Polls

General election
All candidates

Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Poll Dan Patrick (R) Leticia Van de Putte (D)Chandrakantha Courtney (G)Robert Butler (L)Margin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune
October 10-19, 2014
52%35%4%9%+/-3.33866
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Major party candidates

Texas Lieutenant Governor - Patrick and Van de Putte
Poll Dan Patrick (R) Leticia Van de Putte (D)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
April 10-13, 2014
51%35%14%+/-4.1559
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Primary election
Republican primary

Lt. Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll David Dewhurst Dan PatrickJerry PattersonTodd StaplesDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
26%13%10%5%46%+/-5.021,200
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Lt. Governor of Texas - Republican Primary
Poll David Dewhurst Dan PatrickJerry PattersonTodd StaplesMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
38%31%14%16%+/-5.37543
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Hypothetical match-ups

Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Poll David Dewhurst (R) Leticia Van de Putte (D)Don't Know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 1-4, 2013
46%37%17%+/-4.4500
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
50%32%17%+/-3.281,200
AVERAGES 32% 23% 11.33% +/-3.93 753
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2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Van de Putte won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 26. Van de Putte ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9]

Texas State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeticia Van de Putte Incumbent 80.3% 141,040
     Libertarian N. Ruben Flores Perez 13.1% 22,989
     Green Chris Christal 6% 10,588
     Independent Deborah Parrish 0.6% 966
Total Votes 175,583

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Van de Putte won re-election to the 26th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Steve Lopez.[9]

Van de Putte raised $602,179 for her campaign while Lopez raised $0.[10]

Texas State Senate, District 26 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leticia Van de Putte (D) 136,913 81.44%
Steve Lopez (L) 31,194 18.55%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Van de Putte is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Van de Putte raised a total of $3,753,314 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[11]

Leticia Van de Putte's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 26 Won $729,485
2010 Texas State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $578,226
2008 Texas State Senate, District 26 Won $602,179
2006 Texas State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $420,274
2004 Texas State Senate, District 26 Won $486,305
2002 Texas State Senate, District 26 Won $359,854
2000 Texas State Senate, District 26 Won $491,050
1998 Texas State House, District 115 Won $85,941
Grand Total Raised $3,753,314

2012

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $729,485.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Leticia Van de Putte's campaign in 2012
AT&T$37,284
Border Health$30,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$15,000
Butt, Charles C$15,000
Texas Association Of Realtors PAC- TREPAC$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$729,485
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Van de Putte was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $578,226.

2008

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $602,179.

2006

Van de Putte was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $420,274.

2004

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $486,305.

2002

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $359,854.

2000

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $491,050.

1998

Van de Putte won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Van de Putte raised a total of $85,941.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[12] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[13]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[13]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[14] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Van de Putte received a score of 32.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Leticia Van de Putte received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Van de Putte and her husband, Pete, have six children: Nichole, Vanessa, Henry, Gregory, Isabella and Paul.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gregory Luna
Texas Senate District 26
1999-present
Succeeded by
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