Van de Putte, a practicing pharmacist since 1980, represents a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former five-term state representative, she has represented Texas Senate District 26 since 1999. On January 8, 2013, she was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate’s 83rd Regular Session. Leticia Van de Putte is a strong advocate for children, and has received the Mentally Ill’s Texas Legislative Champion Award from the National Alliance, as well as the United Way of San Antonio’s Children’s Championship Award.
Van de Putte was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. Senator Van de Putte and her husband Pete are blessed with six wonderful children, and the proud grandparents of six.