Texas Democratic Senator, Leticia Van de Putte (C) speaks during a women's rights rally before a Special Session of the Texas Legislature in Austin, Texas on July 1, 2013.
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Wendy Davis ally launches campaign


The state senator who came to Wendy Davis’ side as she filibustered Texas’ restrictive abortion law over the summer is joining her again – this time in the race for governor.

Leticia Van de Putte, a six-term Democrat from San Antonio, announced Saturday that she will run for lieutenant governor. Van de Putte came to the Texas Statehouse from her father’s funeral to support Davis’ June 25 filibuster. In the final moments of Davis’ marathon effort, Van de Putte also called out a male colleague for ignoring her and silencing women’s voices in a debate over their health care decisions. “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” she asked.

The 58-year-old is a pharmacist and was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1990 to 1999. If elected, she would be the first Latina lieutenant governor of Texas.

This is the first time in the state’s history that two women have topped the ticket for one of the major parties.