Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

Sep 16, 2013

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

"The advantage that Sen. Van De Putte has is that she already has statewide and national visibility," Hinojosa said. "Remember, she was the co-chair of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. in 2008.  She has very strong statewide and national connections that will allow her to raise money."

Hinojosa said Texas Democrats would prefer that she ran for lieutenant governor given her time and history in the Texas Senate, but said Van De Putte is a perfect match as land commissioner because of her connection to Military Veterans and track record with legislation.