Ritchie Torres To Become First Openly Gay Afro-Latino Member Of Congress

Democratic New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres made history Tuesday night by becoming the first openly gay, Afro-Latino member of Congress after winning one of the country’s most Democratic-leaning House seats.

The 32-year-old City Council member defeated Republican Patrick Delices to become the next representative from the 15th Congressional District, which covers the South Bronx.

“Tonight, a new era begins for the South Bronx,” Torres said in a statement. “It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who have risked their lives so that New York City could live.

“The Bronx is essential, and the vibrant, loving and talented people who live here have shown time and again their power, fortune and perseverance. The Bronx is the heartbeat of New York City,” he added.

Torres, who identifies as Afro-Latino and has served in the City Council since 2013, beat out nearly a dozen other Dems in the June primary after Rep. Jose Serrano announced his retirement earlier this year.

“In a crowded primary field, Ritchie Torres was the clear standout candidate as the youngest Latino elected to the NYC Council, the son of a single working mother from the Bronx and a champion for the essential workers of New York City,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), chairman of Bold PAC.

“His victory is a testament to the Hispanic Caucus’ commitment to expanding our Caucus with diverse voices by investing in candidates like Ritchie Torres, who is soon to be the first openly LGBTQ+ Afro- Latino Member of Congress,” Cárdenas added.