Latina Legislator

Latina Legislator

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In late 2003, Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte led ten other Texas Senate Democrats to New Mexico as part of a protest against a Republican redistricting plan. The walkout of the a€œTexas Elevena€ made national headlines; it also deprived the state senate of a quorum and temporarily froze all legislative action. As Sharon A. Navarro shows in Latina Legislator, the dramatic boycott is a fitting image for Van de Puttea€™s life and career. Though she initially ran for office on a shoestring budget, Senator Van de Putte has successfully authored and sponsored legislation that has reformed the state welfare system, revamped the Juvenile Code, and provided a healthcare safety net for children in Texas. Multiple civic and community groups have recognized her as one of the most effective and influential lawmakers in Texas. With Van de Putte as her central case study, Navarro assesses the possibilities for other Latina and all female legislators. Further, her analysis of Van de Puttea€™s record provides a context for judging legislative effectiveness and productivity. This book is invaluable for those interested in Texas and regional politics as well as womena€™s and ethnic studies.the RUP and the Citizens Organization for Public Service provided leadership training for women. Thus the 1970s witnessed the ... The county precinct chairs of the court met and selected Orlando Garcia to run for the seat. In August, Orlando anbsp;...

Title:Latina Legislator
Author:Sharon Ann Navarro
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2008


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