|Name||Hector De La Torre|
South Gate, California , United States
|| May 29, 1967
Jan 24, 2023 03:41pm
Hispanic - Married -
|Info||I grew up in South Gate, California, a working class community that has grown and changed significantly since I was a child attending local schools and playing sports at the park. I majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. I was the second person in my extended family to attend college. |
I realized how fortunate I was to have received a quality education, and wanted to share what I learned through teaching at Edison Junior High in South Central Los Angeles.
I continued my studies in international relations in Washington, D.C. While at The George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, I interned on the Education Staff of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. I then took a full time position as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Alan Wheat, focusing on education issues. I then moved over to work for California Congressman Richard Lehman, where I handled Energy and Commerce Committee related issues and became Legislative Director.
When the Congressman lost re-election, I left Capitol Hill to become Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Labor. The time I spent in Washington provided some formative work experience, but my wife and I wanted to return to California after our first child was born.
I took a position as a Project Manager in the Corporate Communications Department of one of the five largest companies in Southern California. Upon my return to South Gate, I was confident I could contribute a broad understanding of the City and how government works to the City Council.
Since my election in March 1997, I have focused on improving communication and involvement between the City and the community; on better relations between the Police and residents; on improving transportation infrastructure; on better long-term planning in City management; on addressing budget issues; on making sure there are sufficient quality programs for seniors; and on obtaining more and better education resources for the City's children. I have coached the basketball team at South Gate Park for the past several years. I am also a Friend of Hollydale Library.
I represent South Gate on the Southeast Mayors and Council Members Group. I represent the City as an alternate on League of California Cities Board of Directors and the South Central Food Distributors.
On January 14, 2000, the Speaker of the Assembly, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, appointed me as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. I was also recently appointed Chairman of the I/710 Corridor Sub-Committee.
There is much to be done, but I feel that we are making progress. Most importantly, my wife, Christine and I are looking forward to raising our daughter Elinor and son Henrik in a supportive, progressive community.
1997-2004: Member, South Gate City Council
1998: Early Primary Candidate for AD-50 (Declined to run)