Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

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Senator, District 26

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a practicing pharmacist since 1980, represents a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former five-term state representative, she has represented Texas Senate District 26 since 1999. From 2003 to 2011 she served as the Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.

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

Prior to serving in the Texas Legislature, Leticia Van de Putte worked as a pharmacist in mental health clinics, a hospital, and her grandfather's pharmacy, The Botica Guadalupana, before purchasing her own business, the Loma Park Pharmacy and Medical Clinic.

Nationally, Senator Van de Putte served as Co-Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, joining the ranks of Texas women Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards, who also served in that position. She has been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), serving as President 2006-07. She is an active member of the National Assessment Governing Board, the American Legacy Foundation Board, and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators where she served as President 2003-05. In October 2008, Senator Van de Putte was the subject of a book published by Texas A&M University Press titled Latina Legislator: Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership, by Dr. Sharon A. Navarro, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Over the past two decades, Senator Van de Putte has been recognized and honored with numerous awards such as the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute's Outstanding Texas State Leader Award, the Edward R. Roybal Award by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council's Legislator of the Year Award (the only person to win it twice), the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce's Distinguished Leadership Award for her inspiration to the Hispanic community through advocacy efforts in Texas and across the United States, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill's Texas Legislative Champion Award, the United Way of San Antonio's Children's Championship Award, the League of United Latin American Citizens' Legislative Recognition Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's Seven Seals Award, the Department of Defense Exceptional Support Award, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association's Legislative Star Award, the Texas Pharmacy Association's Pharmacist of the Year, the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award, and American Pharmacists Association's Hubert H. Humphrey Award, named for the noted pharmacist and public servant. The Center for Policy Alternatives honored Senator Van de Putte with the Arthur S. Fleming Leadership Award, a national award presented to a leader who exemplifies the ideals of public service through the highest standards of performance. She 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. Following the 81st Legislative Session, she was named as one of Texas Insider's Top Ten Legislators for her work on behalf of veterans and their families and was selected to Texas Watch's Legislative Honor Roll for her work on behalf of Texas consumers and homeowners.

Senator Van de Putte is a strong advocate for children, veterans, quality education, and the economic development of San Antonio. She has consistently authored and sponsored bills to assist small businesses in securing opportunities. Multiple civic organizations and community groups have recognized Senator Van de Putte as one of the most effective and influential legislators in Texas.

Senator Van de Putte currently serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and is also a member of the Senate Committees on Business and Commerce, State Affairs, and 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 is a 1973 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Senator Van de Putte currently lives in San Antonio with her husband Pete. She and Pete are blessed with six wonderful children: Nichole, Vanessa, Henry, Gregory, Isabella, and Paul. They are also the proud grandparents of six nearly perfect grandchildren: Julian, Jove, Marlo, Elliot, Asher, and Rex, who became an angel on May 7, 2013.

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