Mayor Norma Torres was elected assemblywoman in the 61st District on Tuesday, making her the first person of Guatemalan descent elected to the California Legislature, according to representatives of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
"There are a lot of firsts nowadays," said Xochitl Arellano, spokeswoman for the caucus. "The fact that we now have the first Guatemalan in the Legislature just adds to that. It can only help represent us all better in California."
Torres, who was born in Escuintla, Guatemala, was 5 years old when she was sent to live in Whittier with an uncle.
In 2000, Torres won a seat on the Pomona City Council, and six years later she became mayor, winning by 250 votes.