Tribpedia: Leticia Van De Putte

In Philadelphia, Van de Putte on Front Lines of Effort to Unify Democrats

State Sen. and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention on June 27, 2014.
State Sen. and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention on June 27, 2014.

As co-chair of the high-profile Rules Committee, former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte had her biggest turn in the political spotlight since suffering back-to-back political losses in 2014 and 2015. That experience was still fresh in her mind as she spent time in Philadelphia working with Bernie Sanders' supporters, often in the role of peacemaker.

Former state Senator Leticia Van de Putte at the mic. To her left, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Carlos "Charlie" Uresti, D-San Antonio, in San Antonio on Oct. 12, 2015.
Former state Senator Leticia Van de Putte at the mic. To her left, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Carlos "Charlie" Uresti, D-San Antonio, in San Antonio on Oct. 12, 2015.

Upcoming San Antonio Rally Key to Clinton's National Strategy

Hillary Clinton's visit to San Antonio later this week will kick off a concerted outreach to Latino voters nationally. But supporters say the campaign is also hoping to run the table in the Texas primary in March.

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (left) and former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte are set for a runoff for the city's top job.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (left) and former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte are set for a runoff for the city's top job.

Taylor Claims Win in San Antonio Mayoral Runoff

Declaring victory at her election night party, Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor asked supporters if they realized they had "defeated a political machine," by edging out former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the San Antonio mayoral runoff.

Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after actions at a pool party on June 5, 2015.
Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after actions at a pool party on June 5, 2015.

The Brief: June 9, 2015

A pair of protests was held in McKinney on Monday in response to police action dispersing a crowd at a pool party over the weekend as details emerged about the party itself.

Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after actions at a pool party on June 5, 2015.
Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after actions at a pool party on June 5, 2015.

The Brief: June 8, 2015

A McKinney police officer is on administrative leave after video of his actions to subdue a 15-year-old girl at a pool party Friday night received more than 1 million views online over the weekend.

Clockwise from upper left: Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, state Rep. Sylvester Turner, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, interim San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
Clockwise from upper left: Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, state Rep. Sylvester Turner, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, interim San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor

Minorities in Forefront of Big City Mayoral Races

As Texas' major cities continue their decades-long evolution to minority-majority populations, tracking minority and female ascension to mayoral firsts has almost reached the complexity of a political trivia game.

House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, speaks with House Appropriations Chair John Otto, R-Dayton, and House Administration Chair Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, on the House floor on May 14, 2015.
House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, speaks with House Appropriations Chair John Otto, R-Dayton, and House Administration Chair Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, on the House floor on May 14, 2015.

The Brief: May 29, 2015

The Dallas Morning News takes a detailed look at the evolution of the deal on tax cuts this session and finds that at a few critical junctures, the deal almost derailed entirely.

State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, on the House floor, May 7, 2015.
State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, on the House floor, May 7, 2015.

The Brief: May 28, 2015

The House remains fully committed to keeping dark money disclosure language in its ethics reform legislation. However, the measure's Senate author is equally adamant that provision must come out.

House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel is handed another stack of bills during debate on S.B. 19 Tuesday evening May 26, 2015 in the Texas House.
House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel is handed another stack of bills during debate on S.B. 19 Tuesday evening May 26, 2015 in the Texas House.

The Brief: May 27, 2015

Campus carry legislation lived to fight another day as a last-minute deal saved Senate Bill 11 just before a midnight deadline in the House to take initial votes on bills originating in the Senate.

The Texas Capitol on the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
The Texas Capitol on the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

The Brief: May 11, 2015

The news organization Breitbart Texas confirmed that it has received footage of lawmakers shot by a nonprofit tied to conservative causes, but it has no plans to release any of it before the end of the legislative session in three weeks.

The four leading contenders for San Antonio mayor (clockwise from upper left): Ivy Taylor, Mike Villarreal, Leticia Van de Putte and Tommy Adkisson
The four leading contenders for San Antonio mayor (clockwise from upper left): Ivy Taylor, Mike Villarreal, Leticia Van de Putte and Tommy Adkisson

All Eyes on Runoff in San Antonio Mayoral Race

A runoff is all but guaranteed in the Saturday election for San Antonio mayor, with four major candidates and a bevy of minor ones. Most think the contest is about getting into the final round with former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

The Brief: May 5, 2015

Early voting in the San Antonio mayoral election wraps up today ahead of Election Day on Saturday. And the gloves have come off in the increasingly rough-and-tumble election.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at  Texas Public Policy Foundation's grand opening of new building on April 21st, 2015
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at Texas Public Policy Foundation's grand opening of new building on April 21st, 2015

The Brief: May 1, 2015

The decision earlier this week by Gov. Greg Abbott to get involved in the controversy over a planned military exercise taking place across several Southwestern states continues to draw comment.

Attorney General Ken Paxton, r, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott during the press conference praising federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen's immigration ruling on Feb. 18, 2015.
Attorney General Ken Paxton, r, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott during the press conference praising federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen's immigration ruling on Feb. 18, 2015.

The Brief: April 10, 2015

The question of whether Attorney General Ken Paxton will be charged in connection with his failure to register with the State Securities Board while soliciting clients for investment firms could now rest in the hands of the Texas Rangers.

State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.
State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.

The Brief: April 1, 2015

It took more than 17 hours, but the House gave preliminary OK to a budget. Anticipated fights over vouchers and in-state tuition for undocumented students failed to materialize.

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.

The Brief: March 27, 2015

Agents with the FBI have spoken with Health and Human Services Commission about the troubled no-bid software contract with technology firm 21CT.

Dream Act supporters on the capitol steps
Dream Act supporters on the capitol steps

The Brief: Feb. 27, 2015

Voters are evenly split on whether the state should offer in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants, but that outer parity covers some pronounced polarization on the issue, according to the latest UT/TT Poll.