Hector De La Torre was elected in 2004 to represent the 50th Assembly District, which includes the Southeast Los Angeles County cities of Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, and the unincorporated communities of Florence-Graham and Walnut Park. Recently appointed Rules Committee Chair, he is part of Speaker Fabian Nunez's leadership team. The Assembly Rules Committee is responsible for assigning bills to the appropriate policy committees and sets and implements the policies that govern the Assembly. As Chair of the Rules Committee, Assembly member De La Torre is the gatekeeper to all bills introduced in the Capitol, referring them to the appropriate policy committee. He also oversees the Assembly's $115 million operational budget. In addition, he serves on the following standing committees: Budget, Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services,
Local Government, and Public Safety. He also serves on the California Cultural and
Historical Endowment. During his first term, Assembly member De La Torre served as Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. As Chair, Assembly member De La Torre strongly advocated for a cost-of-living increase for providers of services to the developmentally disabled, which lead him to receive the Patricia
Blumenthal Award from the Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County. Assembly member
De La Torre was also awarded the Latino Health Alliance, Bienvenido Award. He has authored several pieces of legislation to improve the lives of working families and lowincome students. Before serving in the General Assembly, he served nearly eight years on the city council in South Gate, including two years as mayor. He majored in diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and attended graduate school at George Washington University. While there, he interned on the education staff of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and served on the staffs of Congressmen Alan Wheat (D-MO) and Richard Lehman (D-CA). Later, he was appointed the Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration.