|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 35th 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)
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 35th district. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and career
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Torres was elected to the U.S. House of Representative for California's 35th congressional district in 2014, defeating Christina Gagnier (D) with 63.5% of vote. She was re-elected in 2016 when she defeated Tyler Fischella (R) receiving 72.4% of the vote. In 2018, Torres received 69.4% of the vote to defeat Christian Valiente (R), and in 2020, she defeated Republican Mark Cargile with 69.3%.
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- 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
Bonnie Watson Coleman