“Forgotten Hollywood”- My Cousin the Congressman…

Posted on January 26, 2022 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`I sometimes mention that I had a cousin who was a former congressman. Esteban E. Torres was a politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives for California’s 34th congressional district from 1983 to 1999. A Korean War veteran and longtime antipoverty activist,  his career on Capitol Hill put Torres in the vanguard of Latino influence in national politics.

“`Educated at East Los Angeles College, Torres served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1953. He was appointed United States Ambassador to UNESCO from 1977 to 1979 and also served as a special assistant to President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1981.

“`Torres was unsuccessful in his initial attempt to win a seat in the House of Representatives in 1974, but was elected in 1982 as a Democrat. He served from 1983 until 1999. He did not run for reelection in 1998 and was succeeded by Democrat Grace Napolitano. He served as a member of the California Transportation Commission from 1997 to 2007.


“`A school in East Los Angeles was re-named Esteban E. Torres High School,  It opened on September 13th, 2010 and I was proud to attend the ceremony with my father. The facility has a unique educational approach with five academies:  Performing Arts, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Art, and Social Justice and Leadership.

“`My cousin, Estaban Torres, was ninety-one. Tomorrow was his birthday…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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