Esteban Edward Torres

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Esteban Torres
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byDan Lungren
Succeeded byGrace Napolitano
Personal details
Born (1930-01-27) January 27, 1930 (age 90)
Miami, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Arcy Sanchez
EducationEast Los Angeles College
California State University, Los Angeles
University of Maryland, College Park
American University

Esteban Edward Torres (born January 27, 1930) is a U.S. politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 34th congressional district from 1983-1999.[1]


Torres was born in Miami, Arizona, to parents from Mexico. He was raised mostly by his mother, Rena Gómez. His father was a miner, but was deported to Mexico.[2]


Torres served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1953. Active in the labor movement, he was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France, from 1977 to 1979 and served as a special assistant to President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1981.[1]

Torres was unsuccessful in his attempt to win a seat in the House of Representatives in 1974, but was elected in 1982 as a Democrat. He served from 1983 until 1999. He did not run for reelection in 1998 and was succeeded by Democrat Grace Napolitano. He served as a member of the California Transportation Commission[3] from 1997 to 2007.

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  1. ^ a b "Esteban Torres". Hispanic Americans in Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  2. ^ Sierra, José Luis (2004-11-12). "Chopped Lives". La Opinion. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
  3. ^ "Commissioners". California Transportation Commission (CTC). Archived from the original on 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
  4. ^ Colón, Melissa (2018). "C.V." (PDF). Retrieved 2019-06-19. the Esteban E. Torres Fellowship, a fellowship for Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Lungren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Grace Napolitano
Preceded by
Matthew G. Martínez
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Succeeded by
Albert Bustamante