Ritchie will be the first LGBTQ Afro-Latinx Member of Congress
Ritchie Torres was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City public housing. As a product of public housing, public schools, and public hospitals, Ritchie always had a dream of fighting for his community in the hopes of building a better Bronx. At 24, against all odds, Ritchie became the youngest elected official in New York City, and the first openly LGBT elected official from the Bronx. As Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Housing, Ritchie oversaw the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) which is the largest provider of affordable housing in the country. In this capacity, he introduced and enacted legislation to improve safety and quality of life for thousands of NYCHA residents.
In November 2017, Ritchie was elected to his second term and became Chair of the new Oversight and Investigations Committee of the City Council. In this role, he is tasked with investigating matters within the Council’s jurisdiction concerning property, affairs, or government of New York City. Ritchie’s legislative victories include legislation protecting the City’s affordable housing stock; improving mental health resources for the LGBT community; tackling the city’s opioid epidemic; and reforming the NYPD’s daily interactions with New Yorkers.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Ritchie will be the first LGBTQ Afro-Latinx person elected to the U.S. Congress.