Honoring Senator Art Torres (Ret.) for 13 Years as CDP Chair

Resolution Number SAC09.01

Honoring Senator Art Torres (Ret.) for 13 Years as CDP Chair

WHEREAS, in February 1996, Senator Art Torres (Ret.) began serving as the Chairman of the California Democratic Party and was subsequently elected as Chair in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2005, resulting in an unmatched tenure of 13 years, which included presiding over countless county and local events, 15 state conventions, 26 executive board meetings, the largest and most diverse state delegation at four national conventions and an astonishing nine election cycles where Democrats maintained and increased a Democratic majority in the State Legislature, the Congressional Delegation and the majority of all statewide offices; and

WHEREAS, prior to becoming Chairman of the California Democratic Party, Art Torres served with distinction for twenty years in the California State Legislature, eight as an Assemblymember and twelve as a State Senator, sponsoring “Universal Health Care” and creating the most successful high school anti-dropout law in California's history, as well as the legislation creating the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and Proposition 65, the historic California Clean Drinking Water Act, and has been a longtime leader in the Latino community, fighting for better representation and more rights for the state's large and important Latino population; and

WHEREAS,
Senator Torres was unanimously voted in March 2009 by the 29-member board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, to serve as Statutory Vice-Chair of the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC), where he will continue his patients’ rights advocacy on behalf of all citizens;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,
that the California Democratic State Central Committee Members (2009-2011) sincerely honor and thank Chairman Torres for serving with grace, humor, and dedication these past 13 years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Submitted by the 2,900 Members of the Democratic State Central Committee
(2009-2011)

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Adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee of California\xe2\x80\xa8
AKA "California Democratic Party"
At its Annual State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2009

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