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Norma Torres
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byGloria Negrete McLeod
Member of the California State Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
May 20, 2013 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byGloria Negrete McLeod
Succeeded byTony Mendoza (Redistricted)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 52nd district
61st district (2008–2012)
In office
December 1, 2008 – May 20, 2013
Preceded byNell Soto
Succeeded byFreddie Rodriguez
Mayor of Pomona
In office
April 3, 2006 – December 1, 2008
Preceded byEdward Cortez
Succeeded byElliot Rothman
Member of the Pomona City Council
from the 6th district
In office
January 8, 2001 – April 3, 2006
Preceded byWillie White
Succeeded bySteven Bañales
Personal details
Norma Judith Barillas[1]

(1965-04-04) April 4, 1965 (age 59)
Escuintla, Guatemala
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLouis Torres
Residence(s)Pomona, California, U.S.
EducationMt. San Antonio College
Rio Hondo College
National Labor College (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Norma Judith Torres (née Barillas /ˈtɒrɛs/ TORR-ess; born April 4, 1965)[2] is an American politician. She is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 35th congressional district. Previously, she was a member of the California State Senate representing the 35th district. She is a member of the Democratic Party.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Torres was born Norma Judith Barillas in Guatemala.[2] When she was five, she and her uncle came to the United States; her mother died a year later.[4][3] She originally arrived on a tourist visa, but became a legal resident in her teens and gained citizenship in 1992.[5]

Torres worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and in 1994 led a campaign to require the hiring of bilingual 9-1-1 operators.[6] She was an active member of AFSCME, serving as local 3090's shop steward.[citation needed] She served on the Pomona city council before being elected the city's mayor in 2006.[5] In 2008, Torres endorsed then-presidential candidate Barack Obama before Hillary Clinton withdrew from the race, and was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was elected to the State Assembly in November 2008, filling the vacancy left by former legislator Nell Soto, who retired. She earned her bachelor's degree in labor studies from the now-defunct National Labor College in Maryland in 2012.[7][4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Torres was elected to the U.S. House of Representative for California's 35th congressional district in 2014, defeating Christina Gagnier (D) with 63.5% of the vote.[8] She was reelected in 2016, defeating Tyler Fischella (R) with 72.4% of the vote.[8] In 2018, Torres received 69.4% of the vote to defeat Christian Valiente (R),[8] and in 2020, she defeated Republican Mark Cargile with 69.3%.

After being reelected to the House in November 2022, Torres accused President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador of interfering in her race. Bukele had urged voters to oppose Torres.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 118th Congress:[10]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Torres and other members of the US Congress with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem, Israel, March 28, 2024


As of 2022, Torres has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and an F rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for her abortion-related voting record.[14][15] She opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it "devastating" and saying it set back "our country decades, reversing so many years of hard-fought progress" for women.[16]

Big Tech[edit]

In 2022, Torres was one of 16 Democrats to vote against the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[17][18]

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023[edit]

Torres was among the 46 Democrats who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Torres is married to Louis Torres. They live in Pomona, California.[20] They have three sons, including Robert Torres, a Pomona City Council member.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kevin Freking A child of Guatemala seeks a seat in Congress
  2. ^ a b Chief Clerk of the California State Assembly, Secretary of the California State Senate, 2009-10 California Legislature (PDF), State of California, archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2010, retrieved August 11, 2011
  3. ^ a b "Biography". house.gov. n.d. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Huetteman, Emmarie (February 15, 2015). "Dangers Propelled Norma Torres to Move to U.S., Then to Politics". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Kevin Freking (September 6, 1994). "A child of Guatemala seeks a seat in Congress". Associated Press. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Congresswoman Norma Torres". Federal Communications Commission. April 17, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "Biography". Congresswoman Norma Torres. December 11, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "California's 35th Congressional District". Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Sesin, Carmen (November 28, 2022). "State Department says Salvadorans' attempts to 'directly influence' a U.S. congressional election are 'unacceptable'". NBC News. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  10. ^ "Norma J. Torres". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  11. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Congressional Record". NARAL Pro-Choice America. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  15. ^ "Norma Torres". SBA Pro-Life America. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  16. ^ @NormaJTorres (June 24, 2022). "Register" (Tweet). Retrieved June 28, 2022 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC. September 29, 2022.
  18. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".
  19. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  20. ^ Yingling, Jennifer (November 7, 2018). "Torres". The Hill. Retrieved November 21, 2020.

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from California's 35th congressional district

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