Biography

Senator Norma J. Torres was elected to represent the 32nd Senate District which includes Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto, and San Bernardino. She previously served as a State Assemblywoman, Pomona City Council Member, and Pomona Mayor. An advocate for common sense solutions, Torres has championed legislation making California government more responsive to the needs of working families, children and seniors in the Inland Empire.

As an Assemblywoman, Torres Chaired the Committee on Housing and Community Development at a time when the recession had left thousands of families struggling financially. In response to the crisis, she successfully led an effort to secure $2 billion in federal funds for the “Keep Your Home California” program. She helped pass the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to protect consumers from foreclosure. She authored legislation to accelerate the construction of affordable housing, help delinquent homeowners refinance their second mortgages, and make it easier for returning veterans to purchase homes.

Making sure the public safety system is responsive and working collaboratively with the community to combat crime has been one of Torres’ priorities. A former 9-1-1 dispatcher, Torres understands the fear families face during emergencies. That is why she wrote the law that modernized the 9-1-1 system so cell phone users are immediately routed to their local police department when they dial 9-1-1, rather than to a statewide hotline. She also authored legislation to help prevent metal theft, keep drivers under the influence of drugs off our roads and highways, stop peeping toms from exploiting victims, and raising fines on criminals who tamper with online data.

The California Sheriff’s Association, League of California Cities, Professional Engineers in California Government, Yellow Ribbon America, and the American Hero’s Foundation, among many others, have recognized her for her outstanding leadership. She has been an honored guest in Guatemala, where she toured the country, met with Heads-of-State, and received the country’s highest honor—the Order of the Great Congress of Guatemala, in the rank of Knight.

Senator Torres has been a vocal proponent to improve California’s business climate to help create jobs in the Inland Empire. She advocates for job training programs, access to higher education and other tools to improve the skillsets of people seeking better paying jobs. She strongly advocates for services and programs that help families transition out of the recession, keep their homes, and provide a quality education to their children.

Torres immigrated to the United States from Guatemala at age five and is a long-time resident of the Inland Empire. She resides in Pomona with her husband Louis, and their sons Robert and Matthew. A proud supporter of the US military, her third son, Christopher, is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Torres received her bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Maryland.