Council Member Alberto Torres, Jr. is a native Laredoan and lifelong resident of District 4. The son of Mexican immigrants, Torres is the product of the Laredo Independent School District public school system and attended Laredo Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master in Public Administration from Texas A&M International University.
In 2015, he was appointed to serve as Webb County Democratic Party Chair becoming the youngest County Chair in Webb County’s history. He was then elected to the countywide party office in the March 2016 Democratic primary and re-elected in the 2018 elections.
In December of 2016, Torres was elected to the Laredo City Council to represent the constituents of District 4. Torres is a firm believer of integrity, accountability, communication and fairness—all being key to operating a successful municipality. Council Member Torres’ priority is to fight to ensure that the decisions made on council are made for the right reasons and for the benefit of all, not just for a privileged few.
Amongst Council Member Torres’ agenda as City Council Member for District 4 have been:
• Making streets safer and investing in first responders;
• Creating jobs and supporting economic development;
• Focusing on our youth and senior citizens;
• Creating great public places to live, work and play; and
• Putting City Hall to work for YOU!
Council Member Torres has brought fresh ideas and positive solutions to the Laredo City Council, as he continues to work hard to ensure that our city continues to prosper. He remains committed to the fair and open-minded expansion of economic development and improvement of quality of life for Laredo. A major accomplishment Council Member Torres brought to District 4 has been the implementation of the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ), which helps families and local businesses re-invest in their home and commercial properties to beautify and restore our neighborhoods. This tool also incentivizes and assists new businesses to open shop in District 4 by investing their money in our community.
Keeping with his campaign promises, he has worked persistently to bring over $1.5 million for much needed sidewalks and street improvements, of which more than half have been at no cost to the taxpayers - the most in our district’s history. District 4 parks have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in improvements to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle and ensure our youth are kept off the streets. Neighborhood safety has also been enhanced through the installation of speed humps, speed radars, public lighting, bus stop shelters, and the remodeling of Fire Station #5. Again, setting the bar high by investing the most ever in safety and first responders in the history of District 4. Council Member Torres has also worked to bring awareness to our Animal Care Services Department, and has ensured to work to protect our four-legged friends. He authored the Animal Neglect Registry Ordinance, a first of its kind in Texas; and with the support of City Council successfully passed and implemented this ordinance that now ensures better care for our animals.
Council Member Torres’ vote on the council has always been to protect your interests. He has been against new fees and his voting record reflects his opposition to the increase of water utility services, public transportation fees, and the failed proposed street maintenance fee. Lastly, for the first time in over a decade, Council Member Torres proposed a tax rate decrease for 2019 which was unanimously passed and adopted by the City Council, lessening your taxes. The latest adopted balanced budget, was approved and passed with no increase to the tax rate to continue providing quality services to our constituents.
Council Member Torres is also active with the community through service and volunteer work with many non-profit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Laredo and Constable Rudy Rodriguez’s non-profit Angel of Hope (formerly Navidad En El Barrio). He is also the Webb County Commissioner’s Court Representative on the Webb County Head Start Policy Council and a Commissioner of the Webb County Elections Commission.
In January 2020, Council Member Torres was appointed Mayor Pro-Tempore, becoming the youngest Council Member in Laredo's history to hold such title.
Council Member Torres is married to his high school sweetheart, Berlyn - a local educator. Together they have one son, Santiago Milan. They are active parishioners of San Luis Rey Catholic Church, where Council Member Torres serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister.
Council Member Torres is seeking re-election in the November General Election to continue working for you!
1110 Houston Street
Laredo, Texas 78040
City Hall Annex
1102 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, Texas 78041