Norma Torres

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Norma Torres
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California State Senate District 32
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedMay 14, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 52
Campaign website
Norma Torres is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in 2013. She previously served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2013.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification


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


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


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 provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Torres ranked as an 85.[5]



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.[6][7][8][9][10]

Torres has been endorsed by state Democratic Party.[11]


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 June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Ray Moors (D) and Paul Vincent Avila (D). Torres defeated Kenny Coble (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12][13]

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


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.[14]

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


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.[15]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Torres raised $726,854 in contributions. [16]

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


Below are Torres's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[17]

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


Torres and her husband, Louis, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gloria Negrete McLeod (D)
California State Senate District 32
2013 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Isadore Hall, III (D)
California State Assembly District 52
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 61
Succeeded by
Jose Medina (D)