Luis Raúl Torres Cruz

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Luis Raúl Torres Cruz
Minority Leader of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Assumed office
February 29, 2012
Preceded by Héctor Ferrer
Minority Whip of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2008 – February 29, 2012
Preceded by Iris Miriam Ruíz
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives from the 2nd District
Assumed office
January 2, 2001
Preceded by Edwin Mundo
Personal details
Born (1960-05-27) May 27, 1960 (age 54)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
Children 2
Religion Mita

Luis Raúl Torres Cruz (born March 5, 1960 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican politician affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He is a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives since 2000, representing the 2nd District. Since February 2012, he is serving as Minority Leader for his party, after the resignation of Héctor Ferrer.

Early years and studies[edit]

Luis Raúl Torres Cruz was born in San Juan on March 5, 1960.

Torres began his studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón with the intention to complete a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. However, he transferred later to the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where he completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.

Professional career[edit]

From 1981 to 1982, Torres worked as Administrative Officer of the Public Relations Division of the Teachers Association of Puerto Rico.

Political career[edit]

Torres first ran for the House at the 1996 general elections, but lost to Edwin Mundo from the PNP. He ran again on 2000 and won, defeating Mundo this time.[1]

After being elected again in 2008, Torres was selected by his party as the House Minority Whip.[2] On February 2012, he succeeded Héctor Ferrer as Minority Leader after Ferrer's resignation.

Torres was reelected in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Torres has been a member of the Mita Congregation since his childhood.[3]

Torres is single, but has two daughters from a previous marriage. In 1993, he was involved in a case of domestic abuse against his then-wife and, despite not being convicted, he completed a rehabilitation program. Torres himself said in an interview that he has "an excellent relationship" with his former wife.[4]


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