Alberto Torrico

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Alberto Torrico
Member of the
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
In office
May 13, 2008[1] – March 18, 2010[2]
Appointed by Karen Bass
Preceded by Karen Bass
Succeeded by Charles Calderon
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 20th district
In office
December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by John Dutra
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Alberto Torrico served as Majority Leader of the California State Assembly from 2008 until 2010. He was first elected to California’s State Assembly in 2004, where he served three full terms.

During his three terms in Sacramento, Alberto served as Chair of the Public Employee Retirement and Social Security Committee, charged with oversight of the pension funds, CALPERS and CALSTRS. He also chaired the Governmental Organization Committee.

In the California Democratic primary of 2010, Alberto ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General.

After being termed out of office, Torrico was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in January 2011. Prior to his legislative tenure, Alberto served as a council member for three years in the East Bay community of Newark.

Early life and education[edit]

Torrico attended Irvington High School in Fremont, California. Torrico earned his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Legal career[edit]

Torrico was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996.[3] His career began as a policy aide for Santa Clara County Supervisor Ron Gonzales. He specialized in labor law at Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfield in Oakland and Los Angeles, taught labor and employment law at San Jose City College, and served as senior assistant counsel at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose. In 2001, he opened a private law practice in Fremont.

Public service[edit]

Newark City Council[edit]

Torrico was elected to the Newark City Council in 2001 and later served as Vice-Mayor of Newark.

California State Assembly[edit]

Torrico was elected to the California state Assembly in 2004 to succeed termed-out John Dutra. In his second term Torrico was appointed Chair of the Governmental Organization Committee. Torrico was later named Director for Majority Affairs.


  1. ^ Clerk of the Assembly. "California Assembly Handbook - 2008-09" (PDF). State of California. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  2. ^ Perez, John A. (March 18, 2010). "Perez Names Assembly Committees" (PDF). Assembly Democratic Caucus of California. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ CA State Bar Records
California Assembly
Preceded by
John Dutra
Assemblymember, 20th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Bass
Assembly Majority Leader
May 13, 2008–present