Torres is the representative for California’s 35th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 6, 2015. Torres is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Torres.
Torres is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Torres has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Norma Torres sits on the following committees:
Torres was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2492: GIVE Act
- H.R. 3329 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair, California, as the “Paul Eaton Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2733 (116th): Savanna’s Act
- H.R. 1937 (116th): Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Torres sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (18%) Native Americans (16%) Housing and Community Development (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Immigration (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Commerce (8%)
Some of Torres’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4017: To authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2021 through ...
- H.R. 3857: To provide for the basic needs of students at institutions of higher education.
- H.R. 3470: To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to study State efforts ...
- H.Res. 326: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
- H.R. 2492: GIVE Act
- H.R. 2351: 911 SAVES Act
- H.R. 2292: Keep Your Home and Prevent Homelessness Act of 2021
From Jan 2015 to Jun 2021, Torres missed 60 of 3,661 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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