Democratic Texas Lawmaker Joins Race For Lt. Gov.

Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced Saturday she’s running for lieutenant governor.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. (Campaign photo/file)

SAN ANTONIO (November 23, 2013) Veteran Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, announced Saturday that she is running for lieutenant governor, half of an all-woman duo topping the state Democratic Party's ticket for next fall's elections.

The prominent voice for Hispanic issues announced Saturday in her hometown of San Antonio that she'll be the running mate of her state Senate colleague Wendy Davis.

It is the first time in Texas history women have led a major party's ticket for the state's top offices, and only the fourth time in U.S. history.

She said it’s time for the state’s lieutenant governor to stop pandering to the right and instead “do what’s right for Texas.”

“Texas deserves better than these extremists playing partisan games with our future. Texas families deserve better than they’ve been getting,” she said Saturday.

Van de Putte's announcement was no surprise.

The pharmacist and mother of six has been mulling running for months.

She faces no major challenge in March's Democratic primary.

But four top Republicans are vying for their party's nomination to face Van de Putte in the general election.

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