Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2013
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Sen. Van de Putte to Be Sworn in as Governor on May 4

(Austin) — Texas Senate President Pro Tem Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) will be sworn in as Governor for a Day on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Senate Chamber. The swearing-in will be followed by a Fiesta and Barbecue on the Capitol grounds as well as ceremonies at selected monuments around the grounds. The full schedule:

10 a.m. Swearing-In Senate Chamber
11:15 a.m. Fiesta & BBQ Capitol Grounds
11:30 a.m. Wreath Laying Texas Peace Officers Monument
11:50 a.m. Wreath Laying Disabled Veterans Monument
12:15 p.m. Wreath Laying Tejano History Monument
12:35 p.m. Wreath Laying Heroes of the Alamo Monument
1:00-3:00 p.m. Receiving Line Governor's Reception Room

"I am honored to serve as Governor of the state that I love," said Senator Van de Putte. "Serving in Legislature since 1991 has been extremely rewarding, and today is exciting for our family and friends. I am so proud to represent San Antonio and Bexar County, and my husband Pete and I hope families from our hometown will be able to join us on this special day."

Tickets ($10) for the BBQ will be available at the South Gate of the Capitol. For media information, please call Communications Director Lee Nichols at 512-463-0126. For other information, call Christi-Ana Crews at 888-279-0648 or go to For information on transportation, call Minnie Sanchez at 210-733-6604.

Those wishing to view the ceremony but unable to attend may view it live on the Internet by going to and clicking on "Senate Chamber."

Background: Senator Van de Putte was elected by her colleagues to serve as President Pro Tem of the Senate for the 83rd Legislative Session, making her third in the line of succession for the governorship. In the event that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are out of state at the same time, the President Pro Tem serves as Governor. Per tradition, every President Pro Tem gets to serve at least one day as Governor, including an official swearing-in ceremony.