NAME: Mary Torres
VILLAGE: Santa Rita
CONTACT: Carlos V. Camacho/ Mark V. Pangilinan, Jr. 987-0000 475-6279
Mary Camacho Torres is a Senator in the 33rd Guam Legislature and serves as Minority Whip and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Finance & Taxation, General Government Operations, and Youth Development. In her freshman term as a legislator, Senator Torres has passed several bills dedicated to providing quality of life measures for Guam citizens and improving upon burdensome bureaucratic systems.
Since the start of her term in January 2015, Senator Torres successfully shepherd through legislation which, among other things, accomplished:
- Paid Medical Leave for GovGuam Employees After Childbirth and Paid Parental Leave Upon Birth or Adoption of a Child Regardless of Parent’s Gender
- Modernization and Streamlining of the Voter Registration Process in Guam
- Protections of Child Custody and Visitation Rights for Deployed Military Parents
- Implementing Procedures to Improve the Processing Timelines of the Civil Service Commission Case Review Process
- Streamlining the Business License Renewal Procedures to Assist Small Business Owners
- Updating Guam Law on Community Property to Reflect Case Law and Ensure Equity between Parties
Senator Torres has extensive management experience in the private and public sector including her tenure as Deputy General Manager at the Guam Visitors Bureau from 2005 through 2008 where she facilitated the new Guam branding campaign and initiation of GVB signature events. She also held the top position at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam serving as its Executive Director from November 2008 until February 2012. During her tenure at GIAA, Senator Torres worked effectively with local and federal agencies on various airport improvement projects. In February 2012 she was appointed as the General Manager of the Port Authority of Guam where she spearheaded the Port’s Modernization efforts. Senator Torres also holds the distinction of being the first woman ever to hold the highest executive positions at the Airport and the Sea Port.
Over the years, Senator Torres held numerous leadership positions on community and civic boards on Guam to include the Department of Chamorro Affairs Board, Guam Museum Task Force, Guam National Olympic Committee, the Guam Election Commission (as Vice-Chair), Guam Football Association, Guam Board of Education, Guam Board of Cosmetology, Guam Board of Nurse Examiners, and was former President of the Robbie Webber Youth Soccer Association. She is a founder of the Crushers Football (Soccer) Club and contributed to the early development of youth soccer on Guam. On a national level, Senator Torres served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Guam from 2000 to 2008.
Senator Mary Camacho Torres is married to Chief Justice Robert Torres and has three children and eight grandchildren. She was born and raised in Tamuning, the daughter of Governor Carlos Garcia Camacho and Lourdes Duenas Perez, and has six brothers including Governor Felix P. Camacho. Her Parents-in-law are Robert J. Torres, Sr. and Mary M. Torres of Agana Heights. Senator Torres is an alumni of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and graduated with honors from Tufts University in Massachusetts. She resides in the village of Santa Rita.
On filing her 2016 Candidate Packet, Senator Torres commented: “When I first ran for office, I promised to put people before politics. I think my record reflects that I’ve been true to that promise and championed legislation that will help the people of Guam in their daily lives. With people, not politics, as my guiding principle, I have the freedom to support legislation that’s truly beneficial to the public. There’s still much work to be done, however, and I hope the voters give me the opportunity to continue working on their behalf.”