Patricia Torres Ray
|Patricia Torres Ray|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 63rd district
January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Wes Skoglund|
March 25, 1964 |
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Jack (m. 1987)|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
Patricia Torres Ray (born March 25, 1964) is a Minnesota 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 Hispanic woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate.
Torres Ray was first elected in 2006, succeeding retiring Wes Skoglund in 2007. She has been re-elected in every subsequent election since then. Senator Torres Ray's special legislative concerns: education, health and human services, environment, economic development.
2010 lieutenant gubernatorial campaign
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. The team subsequently withdrew from the race at the 2010 DFL State Convention.
- Minnesota Senate 63rd district election, 2012
- 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
- 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
- Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), 28,787 (81.25%)
- Dan Mathias (R), 6,569 (18.54%)
- Write-in, 76 (0.21%)
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.
She and Jack have two sons, Tomás (1994) and Carlos (1996).
- "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Torres Ray, Patricia". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Marty picks running mate: state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray". MinnPost. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- Grow, Doug (August 10, 2010). "Primary Election Day: How we got to this point". MinnPost. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2012". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2010". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "Results for All State Senate Races, 2006". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "In Touch with Senator Torres Ray – Biography". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Patricia Torres Ray at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Senator Patricia Torres Ray official Minnesota Senate website
- Senator Patricia Torres Ray official campaign website
- Minnesota Public Radio - Votetracker: Patricia Torres Ray Voting Record
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Patricia Torres Ray Profile