For the first time in our state's history, the government spent more money on prisons than higher education. We need to reform prisons and recognize that education is the key to our future and public safety. Education is the best way to shut the revolving door of our prison system--where 70 percent of released inmates return after three years. I'm fighting to reform the prisons by requiring inmates to rehabilitate themselves through work, study or treatment before they are released. Education creates strong communities. That's why I'm working to expand preschool in every neighborhood so kids start school ready to learn. And I'm leading the fight to lower college tuition by taking on big oil with an extraction fee that can't be passed on to consumers. I'm the child of Latino and Asian immigrants who worked as janitors so I could be the first in my family to attend college. I went on to teach college courses to new citizens. I know the true spirit of California opportunity and optimism is nurtured in great schools, not failed prisons. I've earned the overwhelming support of law enforcement because they know with 60 percent of prisoners functionally illiterate--education is the best strategy to prevent crime and rehabilitate criminals. Please join seniors, California Professional Firefighters, the California Federation of Teachers and over 60,000 cops and deputy sheriffs who support me because they agree that the best way to protect public safety is to invest in education.
Family: Wife: Raquel
2 Children: Mateo, Amy-Elyzabeth.
Home City: Newark, CA
JD, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
BS, Political Science, Santa Clara University.
Adjunct Instructor, San Jose City College, present
Owner, Law Offices of Alberto Torrico, 2001-present
Assistant General Counsel, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency, 2000
Associate Attorney, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, 1996-1999.
Member, Fremont Newark Democratic Forum Chicano/Latino Democrats of Southern Alameda County
Member, Advisory Board, Justice for New Americans
Board Member, Kidango, Nonprofit Childcare Centers
Member, League of Women Voters.
Chair, 20th Assembly District Democratic Central Committee
Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
Member, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee
Member, Legislative Latino Caucus.
Banking and Finance, Member
Business and Professions, Member
Governmental Organization, Member
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, Member
Director of Majority Affairs, California State Assembly, present
Assemblymember, California State Assembly, 2005-present
Assistant Majority Whip, California State Assembly, 2005-2006
Member/Vice Mayor, Newark City Council, 2001-2003.