Victor “Vic” M. Torres, Jr., is of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in New York, New York. Vic’s lifetime of service began when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he ensured safety and order in his community as a police officer for the New York City Transit Police. After twenty years, Victor retired from the New York City Transit Police as 2nd Grade Detective.

In 1993, Vic relocated his family to Florida and continued his community service as a volunteer and leader for several community organizations, the labor movement, and grassroots efforts. He has established a strong reputation as a committed political activist and an effective leader.

Vic has volunteered for various local, state and federal campaigns, including, but not limited to: Presidential Candidates Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore; Congressional Candidates Alan Grayson and Kendrick Meek; Gubernatorial Candidates Attorney General Janet Reno, and the late Bill McBride; as well as, Mayoral Candidate of the City of Orlando Buddy Dyer in each of his elections.

In 2012, Vic was elected State Representative for Florida House District 48 in Orange County; and for the 2014-2016 legislative cycle he was selected as the Democratic Deputy Whip.

Vic’s participation in legislative committees includes:
* Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee – Democratic Ranking Member
* Education Committee
* Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee
* Rule-making Oversight & Repeal Subcommittee
* Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee
* Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee
* Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining

Vic’s leadership and memberships in the labor movement include:
* Former Political Coordinator, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1596 Orlando
* Former, Southeast Region Representative, ATU Latino Caucus
* Former, Trustee, Central Florida Labor Council of Orange County (CLC)

Victor’s political memberships include:
* Member, Orange County Democratic Executive Committee
* Past member, Orange County Chapter of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus
* Past member, Florida Voters League, Inc.
* 1999-2000 appointee to Marion County Commissioners Blue Ribbon Task Force empaneled to promote equity among all citizens and/or employees
* Past appointee by the Florida Voters League to serve on the committee to evaluate minority employment numbers within the Marion County Sheriff’s Department
* Past member, Marion County Democratic Executive Committee (Steering Committee Member)
* Past member, Hispanic Caucus of Silver Springs Shores
* Past member, Hispanic Caucus of Marion Oaks
* Past union liaison, Orlando 4 Obama in 2008

Vic has been married to Carmen L. Torres for over twenty five years. Carmen is also a committed community leader and volunteer. She is a past member of the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Past Vice Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus, and past Florida Elector for President Barack Obama.
Vic and Carmen are the proud parents of five children and eleven grandchildren.