Image Credit: Ritchie John Torres – Official NYC Council Photo
by William Alatriste; Mondaire Jones – Photo by Caroline
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Ritchie John Torres, New York City Councilmember for the 15th district, and Mondaire Jones, Democratic nominee for New York’s 17th congressional district, are the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress.
A member of the Democratic Party elected in 2013, Torres is also the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the youngest member of the city council. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Public Housing, and is a deputy majority leader. As chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee, he is focusing on taxi medallion predatory loans, and the city’s Third-Party.
Transfer Program. In 2016, Torres was a delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.
In July 2019, Torres announced his bid for New York’s 15th congressional district, to succeed Representative José E. Serrano. The 15th district is one of the most Democratic leaning congressional districts in the country. Torres won the November 2020 general election, and will assume office on January 3, 2021.
Mondaire Jones, an American attorney and politician from the state of New York, won as the Democratic nominee for New York’s 17th congressional district in the 2020 election. Jones announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 17th congressional district in the 2020 elections against incumbent Representative Nita Lowey, who later announced that she would not seek re-election.
Jones advocated for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and police reform. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade in June, Queerty named Jones among the 50 heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people.”