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Leticia Van de Putte papers

March 10, 2014

Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Leticia Van de Putte papers are available for research.  The collection, donated in 2013, consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and awards. This collection does not include official records from the political offices held by Leticia Van de Putte.

Leticia Van de Putte was the oldest of five children born to Daniel and Isabel San Miguel, a ninth-generation Tejano family with a ranching history from Eagle Pass. She grew up on San Antonio’s Westside neighborhood and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1973. While in the pharmacy program at the University of Houston, she married Pete Van de Putte and transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated in 1979. Van de Putte returned to San Antonio and worked at her grandfather’s pharmacy before opening own pharmacy in the Loma Park area of San Antonio.

Van De Putte was a precinct chair in 1990 when state Rep. Orlando Garcia, a family friend, decided to run for the 4th Court of Appeals, leaving his seat open. Van de Putte filled the position. In 1993, she was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She remained in the state’s House of Representatives until 1999, when she was elected to the state senate for the 26th District in a special election. In 2003, she was appointed Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, a position she held until 2011. Van de Putte served as co-chair of the Democratic National Convention in 2008. She is chair of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and is a member of the senate committees on Education, State Affairs and Business and Commerce. She is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking. In November 2013, Van de Putte announced that she would be running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 elections.

Sources:

  • A brief history of Leticia Van De Putte, Sarah Tressler, June 26, 2013. San Antonio Express-News. [http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/A-brief-history-of-Leticia-Van-De-Putte-4624083.php, retrieved February 19, 2014]
  • Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor: About [http://www.leticiavandeputte.com/about/, retrieved February 19, 2014]

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