Patricia Torres Ray

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Patricia Torres Ray
Torres Ray in 2006
Torres Ray at a 2006 forum for Minnesota Senate District 62
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 63rd district
62nd (2007–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2007 (2007-01-03)
Preceded byWes Skoglund
Personal details
Born (1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 55)
Pasto, Colombia
Political partyDemocratic–Farmer–Labor
Jack (m. 1987)
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
OccupationConsultant, legislator

Patricia Torres Ray (born March 25, 1964) is a Colombian-born American politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She is the first Latina woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate.[1] She ran for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th district to succeed Congressman Keith Ellison, but lost in the primary to Ilhan Omar.


Torres Ray studied at the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. in urban studies and a MPA from the Humphrey Institute in 2004.[1]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Torres Ray was first elected in 2006, succeeding retiring Wes Skoglund. She was reelected in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Senator Torres Ray's legislative concerns include education, health and human services, the environment, and economic development.

2010 Lieutenant Gubernatorial Campaign[edit]

On March 31, 2010, state senator and 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial candidate John Marty announced that Torres Ray would be his running mate for lieutenant governor.[2] The team subsequently withdrew from the race at the 2010 DFL State Convention.[3]

2018 Congressional Campaign[edit]

On June 5, 2018, Torres Ray filed to run for the 5th district congressional seat previously held by Congressman Keith Ellison.[4] Her platform focused on public education, immigration, and climate change.[5] The primary election was held on August 14, with State Representative Ilhan Omar receiving a plurality of votes to advance to the general election.[6]

Electoral History[edit]

  • Minnesota Senate 63rd district election, 2016[7]
    • Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), 38,470 (80.70%)
    • Ron Moey (R), 9068, (19.02%)
    • Write-in, 135 (0.28%)
  • Minnesota Senate 63rd district election, 2012[8]
    • Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), 36,866 (80.81%)
    • Patrick Marron (R), 8,636 (18.93%)
    • Write-in, 117 (0.26%)
  • Minnesota Senate 62nd district election, 2010[9]
    • Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), 26,671 (79.64%)
    • Patrick Elgin (R), 6,751 (20.16%)
    • Write-in, 68 (0.20%)
  • Minnesota Senate 62nd district election, 2006[10]
    • Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), 28,787 (81.25%)
    • Dan Mathias (R), 6,569 (18.54%)
    • Write-in, 76 (0.21%)

Personal life[edit]

Torres Ray met her husband, Jack, when he was a University of Minnesota student in Colombia for a study abroad internship. They were married in 1987. She then immigrated to Minnesota with him, learned English, and became a U.S. citizen.[11]

She and Jack have two sons, Tomás (1994) and Carlos (1996).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Torres Ray, Patricia". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  2. ^ "Marty picks running mate: state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray". MinnPost. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  3. ^ Grow, Doug (August 10, 2010). "Primary Election Day: How we got to this point". MinnPost. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  4. ^ Sepic, Matt (2018-06-06). "Democrats flood newly opened U.S. House seat race in Minneapolis". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  5. ^ "Vision". Patricia Torres Ray for Congress. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  6. ^ "Primary Results for Congressional District 5". Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ "MN Election Results". Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  8. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2012". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2010". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2006". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  11. ^ "In Touch with Senator Torres Ray – Biography". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved February 26, 2013.

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