Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas
- Has served Texas families in the state legislature for over two decades.
- Would be the first Democratic lieutenant governor in Texas in 15 years.
- A mother of six and grandmother of six who still makes time to work at her family’s San Antonio pharmacy.
Texas Turning Point
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte became a hero for women leaders across the country in 2013, when she challenged her male colleagues during Wendy Davis’s historic filibuster, asking “At what point must a female senator raise her hand for her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?” Now, Leticia is running beside Wendy Davis at the top of the Texas ballot, and she has the power to profoundly change the face of Texas politics.
Leticia is a beloved household name in San Antonio, the city she has represented in the state legislature since 1999. Her challenge will be to build up recognition and support outside her hometown – and she is off to a good start. Leticia outraised her opponent in the last fundraising cycle, and she is using her resources to fuel voter outreach and engagement efforts, particularly among the state’s Latino population.
In 2010, 3 million eligible voters of color, most of them Latino, did not participate in the midterm election, and the Democratic candidate for governor lost by 600,000 votes. Leticia is one of the few high-profile Latina leaders in Texas, and she has a legislative record of fighting for issues that matter to the state's Latino communities – issues like worker’s rights, healthcare access, educational quality and border issues. If Leticia can galvanize Latino voters and women to turn out in greater numbers on Election Day, she will challenge the state’s long-running conservative stronghold and prove to national Democrats that Texas is no lost cause.
You can read more about Leticia HERE.