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January 10, 2006 > Torrico receives three 'Legislator of the Year' awards

Torrico receives three 'Legislator of the Year' awards

Assemblymember Alberto Torrico (D-Newark) was recently named California Legislator of the Year for 2005 by organizations representing police officers, the state's high-technology industry and grocery retailers.

Peace Officers Research Association of California, which represents more than 57,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officers, named Assemblymember Torrico "Legislator of the Year." PORAC President Ron Cottingham said he was "proud to present Assemblymember Torrico with this recognition of his leadership in promoting public safety and supporting peace officers in California. He's one of California's most dedicated and effective advocates for public safety," Cottingham said, adding, "We look forward to his continued leadership in the years ahead."

Assemblymember Torrico also was honored as the "High Tech Legislator of the Year" by AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), the nation's largest high-tech trade association. In addition, he was named "Legislator of the Year" by the California Association of Independent Grocers and Convenience Stores.

"I am honored to receive this recognition from organizations that represent a broad spectrum of my constituents," Assemblymember Torrico said. "I'm proud that I was able to effectively represent my district during my first year in the Legislature and hope to use the experience I gained to be even more effective this year and beyond."

Roxanne Gould, senior vice president of AeA, praised Torrico's leadership in stopping legislation that would have harmed Silicon Valley's high-tech economy and hampered the innovation and entrepreneurship that has enabled California to compete in the 21st century. She said Torrico's actions on a broad array of issues "went far and beyond his peers."

"Assemblymember Torrico not only advanced the message that the health of California's economy is inextricably linked with the vitality of the high-tech industry, he has also repeatedly defended that message in the face of legislation that would have crippled the ability of the high-tech community to contribute in a meaningful way to the state's economy," Gould said.

Assemblymember Torrico was elected to represent the 20th Assembly District in November 2004. His district includes the Tri-Cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City (in Alameda County), Milpitas and part of San Jose (in Santa Clara County). Formerly a Vice Mayor of Newark, Torrico chairs the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security. During his first year in the Assembly, he authored 10 measures that were approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor.

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