Torrey Westrom is a lifelong, proven conservative with a record of creating rural jobs while ensuring government operates within its means.
First elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives at the age of 23, Westrom has fought and defended conservative principles in the state legislature for the last 18 years. Today, Westrom is a state senator representing a large portion of the counties that makeup the 7th U.S. Congressional District.
Since his first election in 1996, Torrey Westrom has never lost a campaign.
Westrom entered politics to make a difference. During his time at the statehouse, he has diligently fought for smaller government, rural job opportunities and conservative, common sense solutions. He has served as vice-chair of both the Agriculture Policy and Transportation Policy committees in the legislature. Westrom served as the Energy Committee Chair from 2003-2006 and most recently chaired the House Civil Law Committee in 2011-2012.
Westrom grew up in Willmar and Elbow Lake, and at the age of fourteen lost his vision in a farm-related accident. As a result of the accident and accompanying loss of sight, Westrom did not give up on his High School athletic career; rather, he persevered by moving from the basketball team to becoming an accomplished wrestler. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and received the Medal of Courage Award. Westrom continues to serve as a passionate advocate of independent living and employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
Torrey and his wife Anna own and operate a family business, and reside in Elbow Lake with their three children. An attorney, Westrom received his law degree from William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul. The Westroms are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.