Hector De La Torre is a member of the California State Assembly for the 50th Assembly District. He is a Democrat. His district serves the cities of Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, and the unincorporated communities of Florence-Graham and Walnut Park. He was first elected in 2004, to represent the largely Latino 50th Assembly District. De La Torre grew up in South Gate and taught at Edison Junior High in South Los Angeles .
De La Torre majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. De La Torre and his wife, Christine, live in South Gate with their children Elinor, Henrik, and Emilia.
As Mayor, he worked to improve relations between the city, the community, and the police department. He helped build new parks, addressed budget issues, helped to improve the transportation infrastructure, and improve senior programs and education for the city's children. In order to alleviate overcrowding, De La Torre fought for new and better school facilities. He fought for honest and effective government, and lead South Gate residents in a grassroots campaign to recall corrupt elected officials, stabilize the city’s financial condition, and rebuild public trust.
De La Torre was one of only two council members not involved in the corruption scandal which lead to the January 2003 recall of three other members of the city council, as well as the South Gate city manger.
Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, sent a letter to Hector De La Torre, in his capacity as the chairman of the Rules Committee, asking the committee to investigate how badges with the Assembly seal had been issued.
In reaction to the call for an investigation, Dymally told the Sacramento Bee "It's nice and proper and polite to say that racism doesn't exist in American society and politics. But it exists... People have to deal with that. Why am I being singled out?” Much media attention was paid to comments directed at Hector De La Torre, however Dymally subsequently apologized in a statement to the media. The report of the Rules Committee was released on January 11, 2007 at which time Speaker Fabian Nunez placed a ban on legislators providing badges to the general public.