Norma Torres

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Norma Torres
Norma Torres 115th official photo.jpg
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 byConnie Leyva (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
Born (1965-04-04) April 4, 1965 (age 53)
Escuintla, Guatemala
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Louis Torres
EducationMount San Antonio College
Rio Hondo College
National Labor College (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Norma Judith Torres (/ˈtɔːrɛs/; born April 4, 1965)[1] is a Guatemalan-born 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 32nd district. She is a Democrat.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Torres was born in Guatemala.[1] When she was five, she and her uncle came to the United States, her mother passed away a year later.[3][2] She worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher,[2] where in 1994 she led a campaign to require the hiring of bilingual 9-1-1 operators. She was an active member of AFSCME, serving as local 3090's shop steward. She served on the Pomona city council prior to being elected the city's mayor in 2006. In 2008, she 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 National Labor College in Maryland in 2012 at the age of 47. [4][5]

She was 2008/09 Treasurer for the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.

Career Acknowledgments[edit]

In January 2016, Norma Torres along with Vice President Biden swore the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, on behalf of congress.[6] On January 2017, Norma was appointed to house of foreign affairs committee. Torres passed a consumer protection law that requires health insurance companies to be more transparent in the way they present information about prescription drugs by their plans.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". n.d. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. ^ "Dangers Propelled Norma Torres to Move to U.S., Then to Politics". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  4. ^ "Biography". Congresswoman Norma Torres. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  5. ^ "Dangers Propelled Norma Torres to Move to U.S., Then to Politics". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  6. ^ "ABOUT". Norma Torres. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "Biography". Congresswoman Norma Torres. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gloria Negrete McLeod
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Elise Stefanik
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
David Trott