Aníbal José Torres
|Aníbal José Torres|
|Majority Speaker25th Senate of Puerto Rico|
January 14, 2013 – January 1, 2017
25th Senate of Puerto Rico
January 2, 2013 – January 1, 2017
|Puerto Rico Chief of Staff|
January 2, 2005 – January 1, 2009
|Governor||Aníbal Acevedo Vilá|
|Preceded by||César Miranda|
|Succeeded by||Marcos Rodríguez Ema|
|Born||Orocovis, Puerto Rico|
|Political party||Popular Democratic Party|
Aníbal José "Jossie" Torres is a Puerto Rican politician affiliated to the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Torres has served in several positions of leadership within his party. He served as Secretary of the party during the 2000s, before being appointed as Puerto Rico Chief of Staff by elected Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá in 2005. After serving four years, he returned to his position as Secretary of the PPD, before deciding to run for the Senate of Puerto Rico at the 2012 general elections.
Aníbal José Torres was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. He ran for mayor of Orocovis at the 2000 general elections. However, he lost to the candidate of the PNP, Jesús Colón Berlingeri, by less than 340 votes.
After that, Torres served as Secretary of the Popular Democratic Party for several years. When Aníbal Acevedo Vilá was elected Governor of Puerto Rico at the 2004 general elections, he appointed Torres to serve as his Chief of Staff. Torres served in this position until the end of Acevedo Vila's term in January 2009.
After that, Torres returned to his position as Secretary of the party. However, he decided to run for the Senate of Puerto Rico, presenting his candidacy on October 12, 2011. At the 2012 PPD primaries, Torres was the second candidate to the Senate with most votes.