Ritchie Torres

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Ritchie John Torres was born on March 12, 1988, and is an American politician from New York.

A member of the Democratic Party, Torres is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 15th congressional district.  Torres served as the New York City Councilmember for the 15th district from 2013 to 2020. He was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the council’s youngest member. Torres chaired the Committee on Public Housing, and was a deputy majority leader. As chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee he focused on taxi medallion predatory loans, and the city’s Third Party Transfer Program. In 2016, Torres was a delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

In July 2019, Torres announced his bid for New York’s 15th congressional district, to succeed Representative José E. Serrano. The district is one of the most Democratic leaning congressional districts in the country. Torres won the November 2020 general election, and assumed office on January 3, 2021 This made him and Mondaire Jones the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress.  It also made Torres the first openly gay Afro Latino elected to Congress As such, he is one of the nine co-chairs of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus in the 117th United States Congress.