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Senator Norma J. Torres was elected in May 2013 to represent the 32nd Senate District, which includes the cities of Pomona, Montclair, Ontario, Fontana, Rialto, Colton, San Bernardino and the communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. She previously served in the State Assembly and as a Pomona City Council Member and Mayor. As an elected official Torres has championed issues that improve the quality of life and safety of working families, children and seniors.
As an Assemblymember, Torres served as Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development. She led the effort to secure $2 billion in federal funds for the “Keep Your Home California” program and helped pass the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to protect consumers during the state's foreclosure crisis. She championed 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.
Improving public safety and reducing crime has been one of Torres’ priorities as an elected official. As a Pomona Council Member, she focused on reducing crime in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Torres is credited with passing the state’s first ordinance prohibiting sexual offenders from living near schools or together in large group homes and imposed gang injunctions that substantially reduced the severity of Pomona’s persistent gang violence problem. As a legislator, she has passed bills to help prevent metal theft, keep drivers under the influence of drugs off our roads and highways, to prevent peeping toms from exploiting outdated statutes, and to raise the fines on criminals who tamper with online data. A former 9-1-1 dispatcher, Torres Chaired the Select Committee on 9-1-1 Services and led efforts to bring emergency services into the 21st Century.
Torres’ legislative accomplishments have earned her many honors and awards. She has been recognized for outstanding leadership by 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. In 2009, she received the coveted “Woman of the Year” award from the Lieutenant Governor of California. One year earlier, she was an honored guest in Guatemala, where she toured the country, met with Heads-of-State, and accepted the Order of the Great Knight, the country’s highest honor.
Before being elected to the State Assembly, she worked for 18 years as a bilingual 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department, a position which she credits with shaping her major legislative priorities. In 2008, she was selected to serve as the Treasurer of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. An early supporter of President Obama, she was chosen to be an At Large Member and super delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Torres immigrated to the United States from Guatemala at age five and has lived most of her life in 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.