Patricia Torres Ray

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Patricia Torres Ray
Ray in 2006
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 63rd district
62nd (2007–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Wes Skoglund
Personal details
Born (1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 52)
Pasto, Colombia
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jack (m. 1987)
Children 2
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Occupation consultant, legislator
Religion Catholic

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.[1]


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 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[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]

Electoral history[edit]

  • Minnesota Senate 63rd district election, 2012[4]
    • 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[5]
    • 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[6]
    • 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.[7]

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. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2012". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2010". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Results for All State Senate Races, 2006". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "In Touch with Senator Torres Ray – Biography". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 

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