Tribpedia: Lieutenant Governor

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The office of the lieutenant governor was first established under the Texas Constitution of 1845. The lieutenant governor was elected and served two years until 1972, when voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase the term to four years, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association.

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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (center) on the House floor on Feb. 8, 2011.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (center) on the House floor on Feb. 8, 2011.

For Van de Putte, Questions About Private, Public Work

As Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reaches for one of the most powerful jobs in Texas, the blurred lines between her private work and public role are giving rise to familiar questions in a part-time Legislature, where low pay and lax disclosure laws have fostered the perception of conflicts of interest.

State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.

Dewhurst, Patrick Engage in Nasty Lt. Gov. Debate

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on Wednesday.

 

 

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announcing her run for lieutenant governor at San Antonio College on Nov. 23, 2013.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announcing her run for lieutenant governor at San Antonio College on Nov. 23, 2013.

Democrats Hope Third Time is Charming

For the third time in a row, Texas Democrats are staking their hopes for a win in the lieutenant governor's race on a Latina, betting this time that the political environment will favor San Antonio's Leticia Van de PutteTheir challenge will be to draw voters to the polls in November.

In New Ad, Patterson Says He Defends Second Amendment

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson presents himself as the "first defender of the Second Amendment" in his latest web ad. Patterson, one of three candidates challenging incumbent David Dewhurst, touts his record of protecting Texans' right to bear arms, including the 1995 concealed handgun law he authored while serving in the state Senate. "This is about a fundamental right," Patterson says. "This is about the thing that makes us citizens, not serfs."