Norma Torres

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Norma Torres
Norma Torres official portrait.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 35
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGloria Negrete McLeod (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$10.70 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,398,948
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 32
2013-2014
California State Assembly District 52
2008-2013
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Norma J. Torres is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing California's 35th Congressional District. Torres won election in 2014.[1] She defeated Christina Gagnier (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Torres is a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 32 from 2013 to 2014. She previously served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2013.

Biography

Torres' professional experience includes working as a 911 dispatcher/instructor with the Los Angeles Police Department, as the Mayor of Pomona and as a member of the Pomona City Council.

She was a member of Local #3090 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and volunteered with American Youth Soccer Organization, Big Sisters Program, Boy Scouts and Suicide Prevention Center.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Torres' academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Torres serves on the following committees:[5]

California Assembly

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Torres served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Finance
Governmental Organization
Housing and Community Development, Chair
Insurance
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Torres served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Torres served on these committees:

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Torres's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, including Torres, voted against the resolution.[8][9][10]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Torres voted with 176 Democrats to approve the bill.[11][12]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Norma Torres's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Torres is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Torres received a score of 57 percent on social issues and 35 percent on economic issues.[13] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Torres' sponsored legislation in the state legilsature included:

  • AB 575 - Sex offenders: restrictions
  • AB 576 - Vandalism: graffiti: recovery of costs
  • AB 897 - Housing assistance: Homeless Prevention

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[14][15]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Torres ranked as an 85.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 35th Congressional District elections, 2014

Torres won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 35th District. Torres and Christina Gagnier (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Scott Heydenfeldt (D) and Anthony Vieyra (D). Torres then won the general election on November 4, 2014.[17][2]

U.S. House, California District 35 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma Torres 63.5% 39,502
     Democratic Christina Gagnier 36.5% 22,753
Total Votes 62,255
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 35 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma Torres 67.1% 17,996
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristina Gagnier 15.2% 4,081
     Democratic Scott Heydenfeldt 9.6% 2,574
     Democratic Anthony Vieyra 8.1% 2,183
Total Votes 26,834
Source: California Secretary of State

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Torres won election in a special election for California State Senate District 32. The seat was vacant following Gloria Negrete McLeod's (D) election to the 35th Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. Torres faced Paul Vincent Avila (D), Kenny Coble (R), Paul Leon (R), Larry Walker (D) and Joanne Gilbert (D) in the special election on March 12, 2013. Because no candidate received 50 percent of the vote the top two vote-getters - Norma Torres (D) and Paul Leon (R) - met in a runoff election on May 14, which Torres won. Torres was endorsed by the state Democratic Party.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

California State Senate, District 32, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma Torres 59.6% 21,251
     Republican Paul Leon 40.4% 14,432
Total Votes 35,683

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Torres won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 52. She was displaced from her former district by redistricting. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Ray Moors (D) and Paul Vincent Avila (D). Torres defeated Kenny Coble (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26][27]

California State Assembly, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma J. Torres Incumbent 66% 66,565
     Republican Kenny Coble 34% 34,267
Total Votes 100,832
California State Assembly, District 52 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Vincent Avila 13.2% 3,417
     Democratic Ray Moors 7.6% 1,969
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma Torres Incumbent 41.8% 10,851
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Coble 37.5% 9,729
Total Votes 25,966

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Torres won re-election to the 61st District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Republican Ray Moors in the November 2 general election.[28]

California State Assembly, District 61 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Norma Torres (D) 43,813
Ray Moors (R) 29,009

2008

In 2008, Torres was elected to the California State Assembly District 61. Torres (D) finished with 61,004 votes and was followed by Wendy Maier (R) with 33,284 votes and Michael Mendez (L) with 6,517 votes.[29]

California State Assembly District 61
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Norma Torres (D) 61,004
Wendy Maier (R) 33,284
Michael Mendez (L) 6,517

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Torres is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Torres raised a total of $2,398,948 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[30]

Norma Torres's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (California, District 35) Won $477,920
2013 California State Senate, District 32 Won $0
2012 California State Assembly, District 52 Won $541,841
2010 California State Assembly, District 61 Won $726,854
2008 California State Assembly, District 61 Won $652,333
Grand Total Raised $2,398,948

2014

Torres won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Torres' campaign committee raised a total of $477,920 and spent $422,828.[31] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[32]

Cost per vote

Torres spent $10.70 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, California District 35, 2014 - Norma Torres Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $477,920
Total Spent $422,828
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $82,283
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $83,828
Top contributors to Norma Torres's campaign committee
American Fedn Of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,250
American Society of Anesthesiologists$10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
EMILY's List$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Building Trade Unions$43,000
Health Professionals$39,800
Leadership PACs$33,600
Public Sector Unions$33,500
Misc Unions$20,500

Below are Torres' FEC reports.

2012

Torres won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Torres raised a total of $541,841.

2010

In 2010, Torres raised $726,854 in contributions.[37]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $10,000
California Democratic Party $9,938
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $8,900

2008

Below are Torres' top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[38]

Contributor 2008 total
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
AFSCME California $14,400
CA Dental Assoc $10,800

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[39]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012, to September 13, 2013.[40]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

Torres and her husband, Louis, have three children.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Capitol Alert, "Norma Torres wades into 35th Congressional District race," February 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TORRES, Norma Judith, (1965 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  8. Congress.gov, "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  9. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  10. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  11. Congress.gov, "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  12. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  14. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  15. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  16. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  18. Daily Facts, "Assemblywoman Norma Torres wins Democratic Party's endorsement in special election," January 26, 2013
  19. KPCC, "Gov. Brown schedules special election for 2 vacant SoCal state Senate seats," January 7, 2013
  20. Champion Newspapers, "Three declare plans to seek vacated State Senate seat," November 20, 2012
  21. Daily Bulletin, "Six Inland Empire politicians plunge into special election for seat in state Senate," January 18, 2013
  22. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  23. pe.com, "SENATE ELECTION: Norma Torres beats Paul Leon for Inland seat," May 14, 2013
  24. sos.ca.gov, "Official primary election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  25. sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  26. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  27. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  28. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  29. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  30. Open Secrets, "Torres, Norma," accessed February 3, 2015
  31. Open Secrets, "Norma Torres 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  32. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  37. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  38. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  39. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  40. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Gloria Negrete McLeod
U.S. House, California, District 35
2015-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Gloria Negrete McLeod (D)
California State Senate District 32
2013 - 2014
Succeeded by
Tony Mendoza
Preceded by
Isadore Hall, III (D)
California State Assembly District 52
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Freddie Rodriguez (D)
Preceded by
-
California State Assembly District 61
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Jose Medina (D)