Secretary of Aging
Governor Tom Wolf appointed Robert Torres to serve as secretary of the Department of Aging on January 5, 2019 and he was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 4, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Torres served as acting secretary of the Department of State where he previously served as the executive deputy secretary.
In previous state government service, Mr. Torres was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as Pennsylvania’s health information technology coordinator. In this position, he provided leadership to help promote health information technology and advance health information exchange strategies in Pennsylvania. His efforts helped to align over 100 healthcare stakeholders to achieve passage of Act 121 of 2012 that created the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, a public/private authority.
Mr. Torres was also appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve as deputy secretary for administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In this role, he was responsible for contract administration, information technology, health research, statistics and vital records, human resources, and management of the department’s more than $900 million budget. He was also assigned to manage and help improve the delivery of health, support, and outreach services to families and children funded through the federal Maternal and Child Health programs.
Mr. Torres also brings executive experience from the private sector having worked for health insurance, managed care and information management companies.
Mr. Torres is an attorney who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pace University and a law degree from Widener University School of Law. He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of the Capital Region and the Harrisburg Latino Hispanic American Community Center.