By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:50 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago
The Inland Empire’s newest members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be sworn in today as members of the 114th U.S. Congress.
Pete Aguilar, a Democrat representing the 31st District, and Norma Torres, a Democrat representing the 35th District, will start their first terms as members of Congress today. Once sworn in, they will head to the floor and begin voting on procedural items.
“I’m excited about what’s ahead and the opportunity to serve the Inland Empire,” said Aguilar, who resigned from his seat on the Redlands City Council last month. “It’s been a great week so far, and I look forward to all of the activities.”
Aguilar said his priority will be to immediately begin serving the residents in his district, which spans from Upland to San Bernardino and Redlands.
“We will have our district office open tomorrow and will be ready hear from the public,” he said.
He said he will focus on building coalitions among San Bernardino County and its cities as well as helping them with grants and programs.
“I’m ready to get to work and fight for the people who sent me here,” Torres said in an emailed statement.
She said she will continue her focus on making homeownership more affordable and accessible and ensuring the workforce is prepared to tackle challenges of the 21st century.
“As the Inland Empire works to recover from the recession, the policies of this Congress will have a direct impact on our region’s economic growth, so I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do what’s right for the American people,” she said.
Aguilar and Torres will join incumbent representatives from the region: Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Mark Takano, D-Riverside; Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley; Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert and Judy Chu, D-Pasadena.
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