PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009
Contact: Kathryn Freeman, (512) 463-0126

NALEO HONORS TEXAS STATE SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE AT ANNUAL LATINO GALA IN NATION’S CAPITAL

Senator Van De Putte to receive Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the first gathering of Latino leadership in Washington since historic presidential inauguration

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, today announced that Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte will receive the prestigious Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the group’s Annual Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala in Washington, D.C.

The prestigious award pays tribute to the organization’s founder and former President Emeritus, the late-Congressman Edward R. Roybal, and recognizes exemplary public service by a Latino elected or appointed official whose work has given meaningful voice to the people they serve and to the Latino community. Past recipients include New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, and California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, among others. The award will be formally presented at the Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, NALEO’s annual Washington, D.C. fundraising event also named in honor of the late-Congressman.

This year, NALEO honors one of our nation’s most effective and influential state legislators, Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte. Over the course of her years of public service, Senator Van de Putte has become known for her advocacy on behalf of children and veterans, as well as for improved access to health care, quality education, and economic development. During her five terms in the Texas State Senate, she has consistently introduced and sponsored legislation supporting working families by ensuring that legislation provides them with greater opportunities in life.

“Senator Leticia Van de Putte epitomizes the type of leadership this award seeks to honor,” said NALEO President and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión. “Her unwavering commitment to public service and her remarkable record of legislative accomplishments on behalf of her constituents is an inspiration to every NALEO member and to all elected leaders across the country.”

“Like my father, Senator Van de Putte is a trailblazer,” said Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, daughter of the late-Congressman and NALEO Educational Fund Board Member. “As one of the first Latinas to ever serve in the Texas State Senate, she has had to overcome numerous challenges and obstacles to get to where she is today. I think my father would be pleased to see this award presented to Senator Van de Putte. She not only represents his legacy of public service, but also has used her leadership to open the doors for others – especially young Latinas – to lead our nation into the 21st century.”

This year’s Gala takes place with the generous support of numerous sponsors, including the Chair of the 2009 Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, Comcast.

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