Ritchie Torres was born and raised by a single mother in a housing project in the Bronx. In 2013, he was elected to New York City Council, becoming the youngest and first openly LGBTQ elected official in the Bronx. During his tenure as an NYC Council Member, Torres tackled housing issues from a sustainability perspective. He addressed mold infestation and advocated for a carbon-conservative building material requirement in public housing. His consistent support of pro-environment legislation has earned him a 100% score from the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV).
In Congress, Torres will continue to fight for the residents of the Bronx and to address environmental racism. He is committed to rethinking public housing as a model for green and energy efficient buildings to help combat climate change and improve residents’ health and quality of life. Torres is the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latinx and one of the first openly LGBTQ Black members of Congress.
Torres joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring Representative José Serrano, who earned a 93% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
“In Congress, I look forward to fighting to address the greatest global environmental challenges including replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, limiting carbon emissions, enacting a Green New Deal and righting the wrongs of environmental racism that have hurt Bronx residents.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release