By Josh Richman
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 5:50 pm in Alberto Torrico.
Former Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico has signed on as a consultant with a prominent Sacramento lobbying firm.
“It’s a great firm with a great reputation,” Torrico, 42, said Wednesday afternoon of Capitol Advocacy, where he’s newly “of counsel” to clients such as Apple, Chevron, American Airlines, Pepsico, Yahoo! and dozens of others. “I really enjoyed working with them when I was in the Legislature.”
Torrico, who now splits his time between Newark and West Sacramento, represented the 20th Assembly District from 2004 until he was term-limited out of office in 2010, the same year he finished second in the Democratic primary for attorney general. A labor lawyer, he was appointed early last year by Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
“The unemployment appeals board takes up the bulk of my time any given day,” he said, with dozens of cases landing on his desk at a time in return for a $128,000 annual salary. “Contrary to popular belief and popular reporting, it’s a very labor intensive job where in many instances we’re deciding the fate of people’s homes and livelihoods.”
But even with that workload as well as his own law practice, he believes he’ll find the time to give Capitol Advoacy’s clients “advice on the inner workings of the Legislature” and still be able to spend more time with his family than he did while serving as Majority Leader and running for attorney general.
Besides, he said, the appeals board appointment lasts just four years. “I have to prepare for the next stage of my life, with a wife and two young kids.”
Torrico said he’s “very much enjoying life out of office” but is “looking forward, to be honest with you, to visiting with some of my old colleagues” in the Legislature. He’s not a registered lobbyist, he noted, so he’ll just be advising the firm’s clients and perhaps on occasion introducing them to lawmakers. “The lobbying will be left to others.”