By Swapna Vettiyil
Congresswoman Norma J. Torres spent last Thursday providing insight into her job in Congress to political science students.
Torres, who represents the 35th District of California, came to the United States from Guatemala at the age of five and currently resides in Pomona with her husband and sons.
During her speech, Torres spoke passionately about speaking up for her constituents in Congress.
She stressed how difficult it is to be a part of the minority in Congress and how the relationships between workers have changed, which has made it more difficult to get things done.
Additionally, Torres mentioned that the United States citizens should play their part in protecting democracy because corruption continues to be a huge issue around the world.
She also talked about how drug cartels overseas are working to try and influence the government.
“Whether it is a drug cartel or some other crazy organization, we do not want that type of influence anywhere near the governing bodies,” Torres said.
She spoke passionately about how the country was founded on basic principles, which are the citizens’ freedoms.
“Your freedoms, as individuals, include the freedom to assemble, freedom of speech, all of the freedoms, including the freedom to own a gun if that is what you want,” Torres said.
She urged students that it is everyone’s responsibility to stand up and protect their freedoms and their democracy.
For students in the audience, they also had the opportunity to ask questions and get some information on Torres’ path from college all the way to Congress.
Torres also provided advise to the students in the room about beginning a career in politics.
In addition to offering advice, Torres also has a paid internship program in her office with three open slots available.
If interested in applying for the internship, visit her website at https://torres.house.gov/services/internships.
Fred Schilling / Courtesy of torres.house.gov
Congresswoman Torres represents District 35
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