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Former Speaker of the CA State Assembly John Pérez Endorses Marina Torres for LA City Attorney


February 4, 2021

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, former speaker of the California State Assembly and current regent of the University of California John Pérez endorsed Marina Torres for Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The endorsement adds to the growing list of elected leaders who have endorsed Torres.

"I know what leadership looks like -- and Marina Torres is the right leader to be our next City Attorney,” said former Speaker Pérez.

"I know what leadership looks like -- and Marina Torres is the right leader to be our next City Attorney,” said former Speaker Pérez. “Marina is the candidate who will push for immediate solutions on homelessness and will save taxpayer dollars by lowering our liability claims. She will fight for working families, for policies that will put Angelenos back to work, and for protections that will keep workers safe on the jobsite. I fully support Marina Torres in her candidacy for LA City Attorney."

John Pérez began his career as a union organizer for UFCW. He went on to represent districts 46 and 53 in the California State Assembly. He eventually rose to become an openly LGBTQ Speaker of the California State Assembly. After serving in elected office, he was appointed to be a regent of the University of California and eventually elected chairman.

“John Pérez has dedicated his life to serving our communities, city and state in so many different capacities,” said Torres. “His leadership has been instrumental in helping everyday Californians get better access to education and achieve greater economic prosperity. I am honored to have his support of my campaign.”


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, traveling 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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