Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
TORRES, Esteban Edward (1930-)

TORRES, ESTEBAN EDWARD, a Representative from California; born in Miami, Gila County, Ariz., January 27, 1930; graduated from James A. Garfield High School, East Los Angeles, Calif., 1949; attended, East Los Angeles College, East Los Angeles, Calif., 1959; attended, California State University, Los Angeles, Calif.,1963; attended, University of Maryland, College Park, Md., 1965; attended, American University, Washington, D.C., 1966; United States Army, sergeant, first class, 1949-1953; United Auto Workers representative and international labor consultant, 1954-1968; community affairs organizer, 1968-1974; United Auto Worker official, 1975-1976; consultant, Office of Technology Assessment, 1976-1977; United States Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France, 1977-1979; special assistant to the President, The White House, 1979-1981; delegate, California State Democratic conventions, 1968-1983; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1995; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1999); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixth Congress in 1998; member, California state transportation commission, 1999 to present.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: In the Miguel F. Garcia II Interview, 1990, 169 pages.
Persons mentioned include Esteban Torres.

Oral History: In the Richard A. Martinez Interview, 1990, 265 pages.
Persons mentioned include Esteban Torres.

Oral History: In the Gloria Molina Interview, 1990, 531 pages.
Persons mentioned include Esteban Torres.


University of California, Los Angeles
Chicano Studies Research Center
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1949-1998, 105 linear feet.
The bulk of the collection relates to Esteban Torres's eight terms in the United States House of Representatives. Most of it consists of legislative files, which comprise research materials, correspondence, and drafts of bills written and under consideration by Torres. There is a great deal of material about environmental issues, as well as defense, labor, NAFTA, and consumer affairs legislation. There are also administrative files that reflect the work life of a member of Congress apart from voting. These include material about the maintenance of Torres's offices in Washington, D.C. and Pico Rivera, CA, as well as information about his participation in organizations such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, of which he was a senior member, and the Smithsonian Institution, of which he was a regent. The collection also contains correspondence, photographs, records from Torres's political campaigns, and many of the speeches he gave throughout the years. There is a small amount of material about his positions in the Carter administration, and from his personal life. There is also some audiovisual material and some realia, such as various awards he was given during his career. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • "Esteban Edward Torres" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.