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Former California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco Endorses Marina Torres for LA City Attorney

Updated: Jan 6, 2022


June 23, 2021

Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel

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LOS ANGELES, CA –Today, former California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco endorsed Marina Torres in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Her campaign has earned numerous endorsements.

“Marina Torres has proven her commitment to improving the lives of every day Angelenos and will undoubtedly bring her work ethic to make Los Angeles an even greater place to live,” said Senator Polanco. “I know the meaningful change that comes when leaders work hard and bring the community together. Marina is this type of leader and I can’t wait to watch her in action. I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney.”

Richard Polanco served as the Senate Majority Leader from 1998 to his retirement in 2002. He grew up in East Los Angeles and has devoted his entire life to public service, having served in the California legislature for sixteen years from 1986 to 2002. He founded the Latino Legislative Caucus and helped grow the statewide Latino representation in the state house from seven to 24. Devoted to underserved communities, Polanco spent his time in the California legislature writing laws to lift up communities in need.

“I am honored to have Senator Polanco support my campaign,” said Torres. “A tireless, lifelong leader for California, Senator Polanco did so much to uplift our communities and protect our most vulnerable populations. I look forward to carrying the work he started for the benefit of Angelenos and all Californians.”


Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother's deportation was never too far away.

Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.

After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, travelling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.

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