Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Speaker Pro Tempore
Jose Ernesto Torres Zamora was born in Jayuya in June 7, 1971. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude. Also he studied at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico where he completed post-graduate studies in Environmental and Management Engineering
Currently Torres Zamora is studying for a Juris Doctor Degree at the Puerto Rico Law School, in his fourth year.
Torres Zamora worked for Baxter Healthcare Corp. for 15 years, specializing in Environmental, Health and Safety, Maintenance and Plant Engineering. During his years at the private sector he deals with several Puerto Rico agencies and corporations such as PREPA, PRASA, ACAA, FONDO, etc., his frustration with the government approach to the private business move him to evaluate the opportunity to run for office. On 2010 he was elected House Representative in order to fill a House at-large vacancy.
At the 2012 primaries, Torres Zamora received the support of his party to run again for the House of Representatives. He was the candidate with the second-most votes, after incumbent Speaker Jenniffer González. However, he was defeated at the general election.
On December 26, 2012, Governor and President of the PNP Luis Fortuño appointed Torres Zamora as Secretary General of the party.
In the 2016 General Election Torres Zamora was elected as one of the 11 Puerto Rico at-large Representatives, with the sixth-most votes. Later the NPP Caucus elected Pichy Torres Zamora as the new Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as Puerto Rico Representative and elected Speaker Pro Tempore on January 9, 2017.