Norma Torres

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Norma Torres
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U.S. House, California, District 35
Representative-elect
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 32
2013-2014
California State Assembly District 52
2008-2013
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Campaign website
Norma J. Torres is a former Democratic 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. She is also the current representative-elect to California's 35th Congressional District.

Torres won election to the U.S. House to represent the 35th Congressional District of California in 2014.[1] She defeated Christina Gagnier (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Biography

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

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

Committee assignments

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:

Issues

Torres's sponsored legislation includes:

  • 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.

Political Courage test

Torres did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[4]

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.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Torres ranked as an 85.[7]

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.[8][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.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

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 current 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.[17][18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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 information for Torres is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Torres raised a total of $1,921,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[21]

Norma Torres's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
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 $1,921,028

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Torres' reports.

Norma Torres (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$0$48,162$(14,995)$33,166
Pre-Primary[23]May 22, 2014$33,166$54,048$(76,576)$10,637
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$10,637$124,839$(64,734)$70,603
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2014$70,603$100,395$(87,847)$83,151
Running totals
$327,444$(244,152)

2012

Torres won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Torres raised a total of $541,841.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Norma Torres's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California State Pipe Trades Council$12,800
California Teachers Association$11,400
Personal Insurance Federation of California$8,100
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$541,841
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Torres raised $726,854 in contributions.[26]

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's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[27]

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

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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.

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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.[28]

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.[29]

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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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. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed March 13, 2014
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  8. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  9. Daily Facts, "Assemblywoman Norma Torres wins Democratic Party's endorsement in special election," January 26, 2013
  10. KPCC, "Gov. Brown schedules special election for 2 vacant SoCal state Senate seats," January 7, 2013
  11. Champion Newspapers, "Three declare plans to seek vacated State Senate seat," November 20, 2012
  12. Daily Bulletin, "Six Inland Empire politicians plunge into special election for seat in state Senate," January 18, 2013
  13. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  14. pe.com, "SENATE ELECTION: Norma Torres beats Paul Leon for Inland seat," May 14, 2013
  15. sos.ca.gov, "Official primary election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  16. sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  17. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  18. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  20. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "Torres, Norma," accessed September 14, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  27. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  28. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  29. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
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)