Texas Democrats have nominated state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor, sending the San Antonio pharmacist into the November general election to try to win back a seat held by Republicans since 1999.
Van de Putte has served in the Senate since 1999 and calls herself a pro-business and pro-veterans candidate.
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She is currently the chair of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Military Installations. She left her father's funeral last year to return to the Capitol to support Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster on abortion restrictions.
Van de Putte was unopposed for the nomination for lieutenant governor. If elected in November, she would be Texas' first woman and first Hispanic lieutenant governor.
No Texas Democrat has won statewide office since 1994.