Tribpedia: Leticia Van De Putte

At Convention, Van de Putte on Front Lines of Unity Effort

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.

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.

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

In Urban Mayors Races, Minorities at the Forefront

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: The Tax Deal That Almost Wasn't

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.

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: Gloves Come Off in Race for San Antonio Mayor

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.

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: Rangers Asked to Join Paxton Investigation

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.