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    Norma Torres
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Norma Torres to keep CA-35 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 35th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 67.7 percent of AD-35 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 65.6 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Torres led Republican challenger Mike Cargile by a margin of 41.6 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Rep. Torres’s campaign is funded mostly by labor groups, but also by real estate and agribusiness.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Norma Torres is from Guatemala and immigrated to the United States at five years old. She is a longtime resident of the Inland Empire and currently resides in Pomona, CA. Rep. Torres is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2015. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue her fight against Republicans’ regressive policies.

    In Congress, Rep. Torres has worked to address issues of national security by solving cybersecurity vulnerabilities at shipping ports. Furthermore, she has advanced initiatives to address the root causes of migration from Central America and public safety concerns of indigenous communities. Rep. Torres currently sits on the Appropriations Committee and the Rules Committee. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as the mayor of Pomona, CA, in the State Assembly, and the in State Senate, where she worked to promote diversity in leadership. She also successfully fought to restore local authority of the Ontario Airport, and played a pivotal role in developing the Keep Your Home California program, which allowed over 80,000 families to stay in their homes and avoid foreclosures following the Great Recession.

    Rep. Torres’s priorities for CA-35 this year include growing the local economy, protecting public safety, and preserving natural resources. She currently sits on two committees, including the Appropriations Committee. This year, Rep. Torres has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Torres has disagreed with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on a non–defense spending bill. Rep. Torres has co-sponsored three bills about protecting the US Postal Service, expanding childcare, and providing for more police accountability this year, all of which all have successfully passed the House but are languishing in the Senate. While Rep. Torres voted to reauthorize FISA and the Patriot Act, she also offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, calling for considering a breakup of the entity.

    Rep. Torres is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. She is also endorsed by a police interest group. However, the threat of the potential policies of Republican challenger Cargile--a QAnon proponent with a history of racist and homophobic social media posts--greatly outweighs concerns regarding Torres’s police endorsement. According to our analysis, Rep. Torres is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Norma Torres

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Norma Torres to keep CA-35 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

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