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California State University Names Assemblyman Hector De La Torre as Legislator of the Year

(March 23, 2007) California Assembly Member Hector De La Torre has been selected as “Legislator of the Year” by the California State University.

The CSU’s students, alumni, board of trustees, chancellor, and the 23 campus presidents honored De La Torre this week for his work in support of higher education. Some of his work includes authoring legislation that made Cal Grants more accessible to older and returning students. He also authored a bill that allows older students to take high school exit exams on Saturdays.

“Assemblyman De La Torre truly deserves recognition as CSU Legislator of the Year,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “He has authored and played an integral role in ensuring higher education and the funds to pay for it are available to everyone.”

De La Torre was elected to the 50th Assembly District in November 2004 and represents the cities of Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, and the unincorporated communities of Florence-Graham and Walnut Park. Recently appointed Rules Committee chair, he is also part of Speaker Fabian Nuñez’s leadership team, and oversees the Assembly’s $115 million operational budget.

“Being recognized by the California State University and named ‘Legislator of the Year’ is an honor,” said De La Torre. “Last year I worked with the CSU to increase the age limit for recipients of the Community College Transfer Grant from 24 to 27 to better reflect the 25-year-old median age of Cal State students. This year, I am partnering again with CSU to increase grant awards for Cal Grant B recipients. With the cost of higher education continuously rising, it is vital to increase aid to keep college accessible for all qualified students.”

During his first term, De La Torre served as chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and advocated for a cost-of-living increase for service providers to the developmentally disabled. Prior to that, he served eight years on the South Gate City Council.

About California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu


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Last Updated: March 23, 2007

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