Ritchie Torres Never Dreamed He’d Be First Black Latino Gay Man Elected To Congress

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NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Growing up in the Bronx poor, Afro-Latino and gay, Ritchie Torres said he never imagined that he would one day be elected to the United States House of Representatives.

But in a few weeks, Torres, 32, a Democrat from New York, will become the first Afro-Latino openly gay congressman.

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that as a poor kid from the Bronx, I would become a United States congressman,” Torres told Reuters the day before heading to the nation’s capital for Congress’s new member orientation.

Torres makes history along with fellow Democrat and New Yorker Mondaire Jones, who will be the first openly-gay African-American congressman.

Torres, who is both Black and Puerto Rican, grew up with a single mother in New York City’s public…



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