San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Esteban Torres of California:
“Today, Californians and Americans across our nation mourn the loss of a proud Army veteran, a distinguished American diplomat, an outspoken union leader, and a devoted advocate for working people and the Latino community in Congressman Esteban Torres.
“Knowing first-hand the realities of poverty and with profound pride in his Mexican American heritage, Congressman Torres made it his mission to build a stronger, fairer future for every American. As Chair of the Banking Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage and on the powerful Appropriations Committee, he was a clarion voice for consumers: his landmark Truth in Savings Act to this day protects consumers against deceptive advertising of bank deposit accounts. He played an integral role in delivering legal status to more than three million people through the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, and his leadership was instrumental in establishing the North American Development Bank. Beyond his sixteen years in the House, he devoted his life to public service, whether in the White House as Special Assistant for Hispanic Affairs, as a U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, where he was an early advocate for what will soon become the National Museum of the American Latino.
“Our nation will deeply miss Congressman Torres’ trailblazing leadership and unyielding focus on defeating poverty and on environmental justice. May it be a comfort to his devoted wife Arcy, his beloved children Carmen, Rena, Camille, Selina and Steve, and his darling grandchildren and great grandchildren that so many pray for them during this sad time.”
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