Leticia Van de Putte, a practicing pharmacist since 1980, served in the Texas Legislature for over two decades representing a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. She has been recognized and honored with over two hundred awards and citations for her work on behalf of small business, veterans, families, quality education, healthcare and economic development, such as Community Advocate of the Year Award, Fighter for Free Enterprise Award, Fearless Trailblazer Award, MALDEF Lifetime Achievement Award, the Edward R. Roybal Award by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council’s Legislator of the Year Award.
Senator Van de Putte was the first Hispanic and first Texan to serve as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She was named by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Legislators” and is the subject of a book, Latina Legislator: Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership by Dr. Sharon Navarro.
Nationally, Leticia has held numerous important positions on Boards, comprising the Texas Pharmacy Association, Families USA, Milbank Memorial Fund, The National Assessment Governing Board and the Latino Leaders Network; commissions such as The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, and Foundations like the National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation, and American Legacy Foundation. She is in demand as a dynamic and inspiring speaker. She is especially recognized for her work battling Human Trafficking.