Leticia Van de Putte

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Leticia Van de Putte
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Texas State Senate, District 26
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 16
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Leticia Van de Putte has been a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate representing District 26 since 1999.[1] She became President Pro tempore of the Senate in 2013.[2]

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.[3]

District 26

Leticia Van de Putte represents District 26, which includes the parts of the county of Bexar, Texas.[4]

Committee assignments


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

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


Van de Putte served on the following Texas Senate committees:




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.[5]

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


On Nov. 4, 2008, Van de Putte won re-election to the 26th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Steve Lopez.[6]

Van de Putte raised $602,179 for her campaign while Lopez raised $0.[7]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, a year in which Van de Putte was up for re-election, she collected $602,179 in donations. [8]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Charles Butt $25,000
AT&T $20,000
Valero $10,000
Texas Association of Realtors $10,000


In 2004, a year in which Van de Putte was up for re-election, she collected $486,305 in donations. [9]

His four largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $20,500
Texas Association of Realtors $20,243
Texas Pharmacy Associaton $10,000
Texas State Teachers Association $10,000


In 2002, a year in which Van de Putte was up for re-election, she collected $786,400 in donations. [10]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Vell $11,996
Texas Pharmacy Association $6,509
Texas Medical Association $5,011
Texas Association of Realtors $5,011


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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."[11] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


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


Van de Putte was born on December 6, 1954 in Tacoma, Wa. She 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
Succeeded by