Ritchie (Ritchie) Torres (D-USH15)
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Capitol: 202.225.4361
FAX: 202.225.6001
District: 718.503.9610
Representative
Room 317 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3215

Residence: Bronx, NY
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 3/12/1988
Committee Assignments
ChairmanGarifuna Caucus
Co-ChairPublic Schools Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Homeland Security
Co-ChairAlbanian Issues Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
MemberHouse Task Force on Financial Technology
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
Co-ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
FC MemberCongressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Counties Representing
Bronx / New York City / Queens

Bio

Representative Ritchie Torres is a fighter from the Bronx who has spent his entire life working for the community he calls home. Like many people in the South Bronx, poverty and struggle have never been abstractions to him, and he governs from a place of lived experience.

Ritchie's mother single-handedly raised him, his twin brother, and his sister in a public-housing project. She paid the bills working minimum-wage jobs, which in the 1990s paid $4.25 an hour. While Ritchie grew up with mold, lead, leaks, and no reliable heat or hot water in the winter, he watched the government spend over $100 million dollars to build a golf course across the street for Donald Trump. In 2013, at the age of twenty-five, Ritchie became New York City's youngest elected official and the first openly L.G.B.T.Q person elected to office in the Bronx.

At the City Council, Ritchie stood out, and during his seven-year tenure he tenaciously tackled problems big and small for the Bronx and New York City. He passed over forty pieces of legislation, including legislation protecting the City's affordable housing stock and tackling the city's opioid epidemic. As the Chairman overseeing NYCHA, he held the first committee hearing ever in public housing, which led to a $3 billion-dollar FEMA investment, the largest in NYC history. As Chair of the Oversight & Investigations Committee, Ritchie has led investigations into the heating outages and lead poisoning at NYCHA, the Taxi Medallion scandal, the City's controversial Third-Party Transfer program, and Kushner Companies.

Ritchie currently lives in the South Bronx and represents NY-15 in the South Bronx. He is a member of the Committee on Financial Services and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security.