New York politician Ritchie Torres was elected into the House of Representatives in 2020 as the first openly gay candidate to ever represent the Bronx. He beat Patrick Delices of the Republican party in a landslide victory that saw him win by over 67 points to get the House seat.
Torres was also the first openly gay Afro-Latino politician to be elected into New York City Council from the 15th district as a member of the city’s legislation.
|Birthday||March 12, 1988|
|Height||5 feet 10 inches|
It’s official. We won! It is the honor of a lifetime to be able to serve our community in Washington DC. The counting took longer than expected, but today the @BOENYC certified our victory & I want to say thank you.. pic.twitter.com/j2ygMbQXSA
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) August 4, 2020
10 Facts About Ritchie Torres
- Ritchie Torres is an openly gay politician representing New York’s 15th district, however, he has not revealed the details of his partner in the media.
- Torres’s Wiki page is still being updated but you can read all about him in this article.
- He has been secretive about the information of his husband or partners in the media, he has also chosen to keep all the details of his love life and personal life under wraps.
- The Representative comes from a very poor upbringing and was living with his mother in Throggs Neck Houses. His family had to struggle with the housing conditions.
- His father left their family when he was young and his mother raised, him and his 2 siblings alone.
- As his mother is African-American and his father was Latino, he is Afro-Latino as per his ethnicity.
- He grew up in the Bronx and had first-hand experience of how the housing projects were affecting families. He had his first experience in government work when he worked as an intern at the office of the Attorney General and Mayor.
- With his limited background in government, he chose to serve the city. He dropped out of New York University as a result of severe depression brought on by him coming to terms with his sexuality.
- He ran for the 15th district councilmember position and won in 2013 becoming the first openly gay candidate to become a public official.
- In addition to this, he is also the youngest elected city official.