|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 12th district
January 8, 2013
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 11A district
January 7, 1997 - January 7, 2013
|Born||March 27, 1973|
Golden Valley, Minnesota
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Residence||Elbow Lake, Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Bemidji State University|
William Mitchell College of Law
|Profession||Attorney, businessman, legislator|
Torrey Westrom (born March 27, 1973) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A Republican, he represents District 12, which includes all or portions of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties. He is the first known blind person to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature.
Westrom has served on several legislative commissions, including the Rural Health Care Advisory Task Force, the Secretary of State's voting equipment task force and the Minnesota Legislative Audit Commission. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve a four-year term on a federal advisory panel called the Ticket to Work. The panel advised Congress and the White House on return-to-work programs for people with disabilities.
Westrom is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 11A. He was first elected in 1996 and was re-elected every two years until his run for the Minnesota Senate. Prior to the 2002 legislative redistricting, he represented the old District 13A.
Westrom was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012.
In December 2013, less than a year into his Senate term, Westrom announced that he would challenge incumbent Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th congressional district in 2014. He kicked off his campaign with events in Elbow Lake and Moorhead. He raised over $84,000 in the first month of his campaign. In the November general election, he won 46% of the vote, the highest Republican margin against Peterson since 1990.