Joe Torres has always been politically minded.
It's never been hard for his mom, Shari Torres, to see his political side. She would often have intelligent conversations with her son about the 2004 presidential election. Joe, today a 17-year old La Cañada High School senior, was 11 at the time.
"He's always been interested in politics and he's always gotten along with pretty much everybody," Torres said.
This interest in politics appears to run in the family. Joe's grandfather was heavily involved in the Republican party in New York and had connections with the Reagan and Bush families.
"My mom would always tell me stories about politics and visiting the White House," Joe said. "It was constantly in my life through different stories and I've always liked the idea of it."
Now, for the first time, Joe is getting a realistic taste of what a political life is like. He was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the California YMCA Model Legislature and Court on Nov. 14.