NEW YORK, NY  — (10-07-20) — The LGBTQ+ community is celebrating openly gay 32 year-old Ritchie Torres as the first LGBTQ+ person of color to serve in congress.

After a lengthy ballot count, the Bronx City Councilman – now congressman-elect Ritchie Torres, will be heading to Washington D.C in January where he will be sworn in to represent the 15th District of New York City.

The reason for his assurance at victory is that he is in a heavily democratic district and it would be a miracle for his Republican challenger to win.

Council Member Ritchie Torre sat down with The Advocate’s Jeffrey Masters on the LGBTQ&A podcast this week, and said…”You’re about to have the gayest Congress in the history of the United States.”

Listen to the LGBTQ&A podcast interview below:


Ritchie Torres Political Biography:

Elected in 2013, Torres was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the youngest member of the city council.

Torres serves as the chair of the Committee on Public Housing, and is a deputy majority leader. As chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee he is focusing on taxi medallion predatory loans, and the city’s Third Party Transfer Program. In 2016, Torres was a delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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