Torrico signs on as counsel to lobbying firm

Former Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico has signed on as a consultant with a prominent Sacramento lobbying firm.

Alberto Torrico“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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    The revolving door continues. . . .

  • raul

    I wouldn’t want to have an appointment to the Unemployment Appeals Board on my resume. That’s where they park unemployed termed out legislators who can’t find a job. It’s just pathetic and embarrassing to have this on your resume. It basically means the former members has no pride or integrity. The unemployment appeals board is a phoney, baloney make work job that requires two hours of month work for $130,000 annually. “Jobs” like this are an affront to the millions of out-of-work Californians. Many people are desperate to work – yet in Sacramento they think it’s ethical to give no-work-no-show jobs that pay six figures to termed out legislators who aren’t clever enough to find a job.

  • Rick K.

    What a slime ball. Torrico was a joke candidate for Attorney General, completely unqualified for the job. The main part of his platform is that he wanted to expand $$$-making opportunities for trial lawyers – he was that transparent. It says something about the California Democratic Party that so many voters swallowed his garbage. Furthermore, I doubt that he knew much about unemployment law before, during and after his service on the Unemployment Appeals Board. It also says something about Speaker John Perez that he would appoint an unqualified political hack like Torrico to a $130,000 a year job that he knew little about. This guy is a good example of what’s wrong with Sacramento on so many levels. Torrico, please go away, and take Carole Migden with you.

  • John W

    “I really enjoyed working with them [the lobbying firm’s clients]. when I was in the legislature.”

    I’m sure he did. Only, instead of “with them,” it probably would have been more accurate to say “for them.”

    So, if I read this correctly, he will continue to be on the unemployment appeals board, pulling in $128k, plus work for the lobbying firm, plus continue his own law practice. And he’s bragging about it. Awesome!