SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Veteran Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte 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 in her hometown of San Antonio on Saturday that she'll be the running mate of her state Senate colleague Wendy Davis.
“My love for Texas, and for Texans, is what led me to public service in the first place. But I’m not happy with how things are going,” Van de Putte said.
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.
"Sen. Van de Putte’s dedication to representing the interests of all Texans makes her an outstanding choice for lieutenant governor," Davis said in a statement Saturday. "She has delivered for our veterans and small businesses, and — like many Texans — I'm excited about her announcement."
Van de Putte's announcement was no surprise. The pharmacist and mother of six has been mulling running for months.
“I have to run. It’s my grandchildren. It’s your grandchildren. It’s the future of Texas. And with your help, and with your hard work, and with God’s blessing, we will win, and Texas families will be better for it,” Van de Putte said.
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.