Bakersfield attorney David A. Torres beat out his opponent from the Kern County Public Defender's Office to secure a spot on the California State Bar Board of Trustees.
With 67 percent of the vote, the ballots counted Thursday declared Torres the winner of the three-year term over Chief Assistant Public Defender Konrad Moore, according to a state bar news release.
Attorneys practicing in California have to be members of the state bar and the board of trustees is "the governing and policymaking body of the 238,000-member organization," the news release said.
Torres is a criminal defense attorney known for representing clients in high-profile cases and has served in other leadership roles, including as president of the Kern County Bar Association.
He was excited to be elected following an "aggressive" campaign that included sending out mailers to every attorney in the district and seeking endorsement from county bar associations.
"It will be a lot of work but it will also be an extremely rewarding job," Torres said.
The attorney will represent the bar's District 5, which encompasses Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. Torres said there are close to 10,000 attorneys in the district.
Transparency will be one of Torres' main objectives as a trustee.
"I would like to keep all members of the bar within the counties that I am representing apprised of what's happening," he said.
Torres's term doesn't start until October but he plans to head to a board meeting in San Francisco next week to get a feel for his new position.