CSU Names Senator Tom Torlakson Legislator of the Year

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(March 20, 2006) – Senator Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) has been selected as Legislator of the Year by the California State University system. Torlakson will receive the award on Monday, March 20, 2006, during the CSU’s annual Legislative Day luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

The CSU’s students, alumni, board of trustees, chancellor, and the 23 campus presidents will honor Torlakson for his work in support of higher education as chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“Senator Torlakson has been an active leader in higher education,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “He played an integral role in authoring and passing legislation last session allowing our campus alumni associations to once again offer benefits and services to alumni through affinity programs similar to those of other nonprofit organizations and private colleges and universities in California.”

Senator Tom Torlakson represents California’s 7th District, which includes most of the Contra Costa County. Torlakson’s career in public service began as a science teacher in 1972.

“As a school teacher I realized that providing our youth with a quality education and supporting our public universities is the most important way to ensure California’s quality of life,” said Senator Torlakson. “I am honored and appreciative of being selected as a Legislator of the Year by the California State University.”

The CSU Alumni Legislative Day, held every spring, is a key opportunity for the CSU's 23 campuses to come together in Sacramento and collectively advocate for the CSU, the state leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

Also receiving the award along with Senator Torlakson is Senator Jack Scott.

During the day, participants, including CSU alumni leaders, campus representatives, donors and community members from each legislative district visit legislators to discuss the critical role the CSU has in maintaining California’s economic prosperity.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: March 20, 2006

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