Norma Torres ~ U.S. House, District 35

Representative Torres immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. She is a long-time resident of Pomona where she resides with her husband, their three sons, and grandson. Before running for office, she worked as a 911 dispatcher with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 17 years. Torres 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.

On healthcare . . .

"I believe everyone should have access to quality and affordable health care and that federal health policy should strive to eliminate any disparities that exist in our health care system. As a State Senator, I worked to make Covered California more accessible. Since coming to Congress, I have consistently supported critical funding for California’s public health care system, safety net hospitals, and health care centers that serve aging, low-income, and rural communities. While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, I oppose efforts to repeal it and take away health insurance for millions of Americans."

On the environment . . .

On her campaign website, Representative Torres writes, that she's committed to "taking on challenges like drought and climate change that are impacting California." "My priorities include promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy sources like solar, as well as increasing investments in water infrastructure and funding development of new technologies that have the capacity to expand water recycling and desalination capabilities." She introduced the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act to attract more private sector investment to public infrastructure projects.

Plans for Economy

When Representative Torres took office, she launched a Job Creation Listening Tour to learn from the community. She met with over 200 local leaders. "Investing in our region’s infrastructure was the top recommendation in my Jobs Report." As a result, she introduced the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act to connect finance and infrastructure professionals with local and state governments. She's also committed to keep high tech manufacturing jobs in the US via the Job Opportunities between Our Shores (JOBS) Act. Read more on her campaign page.

Education Policy

"As a mother and grandmother, I care deeply about education and creating job opportunities for younger generations of Americans. Throughout my career, I have pushed for investments in all levels of education and for expanding college affordability and access. I understand the importance of increasing financial aid options, including year round Pell grants, and support legislation that would help lower student loan debt. I am also committed to reducing young adult unemployment and providing opportunities for professional development to our local youth. This is why I established a Youth Advisory Committee which gives participants – local high school students – an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and local industries such as trade, education, law enforcement, health care, government that are crucial to the Inland Empire’s economy."

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