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Norma Judith Torres, née Barillas (//; born April 4, 1965) is an American politician. She is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 35th congressional district. Previously, she was a member of the California State Senate representing the 32nd district. She is a Democrat.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 35th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Gloria Negrete McLeod|
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 32nd district
May 20, 2013 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Gloria Negrete McLeod|
|Succeeded by||Connie Leyva (Redistricted)|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 52nd district
61st district (2008–2012)
December 1, 2008 – May 20, 2013
|Preceded by||Nell Soto|
|Succeeded by||Freddie Rodriguez|
|Mayor of Pomona|
April 3, 2006 – December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Edward Cortez|
|Succeeded by||Elliot Rothman|
|Member of the Pomona City Council|
from the 6th district
January 8, 2001 – April 3, 2006
|Preceded by||Willie White|
|Succeeded by||Steven Bañales|
Norma Judith Barillas
April 4, 1965
|Education||Mt. San Antonio College|
Rio Hondo College
National Labor College (BA)
Early life and careerEdit
Torres was born Norma Judith Barillas in Guatemala. When she was five, she and her uncle came to the United States, her mother died a year later. Although she had originally arrived on a tourist visa, she became a legal resident in her teens and gained citizenship in 1992. 
She worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, where in 1994 she led a campaign to require the hiring of bilingual 9-1-1 operators. She was an active member of AFSCME, serving as local 3090's shop steward. She served on the Pomona city council prior to being elected the city's mayor in 2006. In 2008, she endorsed then-presidential candidate Barack Obama before Hillary Clinton withdrew from the race, and was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was elected to the State Assembly in November 2008, filling the vacancy left by former legislator Nell Soto, who retired. She earned her bachelor's degree in Labor Studies from the now defunct National Labor College in Maryland in 2012 at the age of 47. 
Norma has one grandchild. Her oldest son is current Pomona City Councilmember Robert Torres who conceived a child with one of then State Senator Torres’ field representatives, Sol Guerra, eventually marrying her. Torres later hired Guerra to serve on her Congressional staff in violation of House ethics rules.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Kevin Freking A child of Guatemala seeks a seat in Congress
- Chief Clerk of the California State Assembly, Secretary of the California State Senate, 2009-10 California Legislature (PDF), State of California, archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2010, retrieved August 11, 2011
- "Biography". house.gov. n.d. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "Dangers Propelled Norma Torres to Move to U.S., Then to Politics". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Kevin Freking (September 6, 1994). "A child of Guatemala seeks a seat in Congress". Associated Press. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- "Biography". Congresswoman Norma Torres. December 11, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
- "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Congresswoman Norma Torres official US House website
- Campaign website
- Norma Torres at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Gloria Negrete McLeod
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority