18 Facts About Arthur Torres


Arthur Torres is the vice chair of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, the governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine .

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Arthur Torres is a colon cancer survivor and serves on the Board as a patient advocate.

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Arthur Torres is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California.

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Arthur Torres served as the Chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1996 to 2009.

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Arthur Torres was the first Latino in the California Democratic Party to have been nominated for statewide office when he won the Democratic primary for insurance commissioner in 1994.

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Arthur Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law.

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Arthur Torres was a John F Kennedy teaching fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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In 1972, Arthur Torres was defeated in his first election for a seat in the California State Assembly by 615 votes.

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Two years later, Arthur Torres won a seat in the California State Assembly, where he served for the next eight years.

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Arthur Torres served in the State Senate for another twelve years, from 1982 to 1994.

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Arthur Torres co-authored legislation that created the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and the California Clean Water Act.

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In 1994, Arthur Torres was nominated for insurance commissioner, making him the first Latino Democrat nominated for a statewide office in California history.

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Arthur Torres served as a German Marshall Fund Fellow and delivered a paper on Western European immigration issues.

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Arthur Torres served as President of the Kaitz Foundation, dedicated to bringing more people of color into management within the cable television industry through the Kaitz Fellowship program.

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Senator Arthur Torres is a member of the Board of "One Legacy, " an organ transplant foundation in Los Angeles, and the Latino Community Foundation, serving the Bay Area and headquartered in San Francisco.

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Arthur Torres was confirmed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.

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Arthur Torres was formerly married to Yolonda Nava, a television newscaster and talk show hostess.

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Arthur Torres came out as a gay man in 2009, thanking his longtime partner Gonzalo Escudero at a farewell speech to the California Democratic Party.

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