Sen. Torres Ray Statement Environmental Protections
Saint Paul, Minn. – State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) is participating in a telephone press conference hosted by Environment Minnesota on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Sen. Torres Ray released the following statement:
“The recent tragic weather disasters in Houston and Miami illustrate the devastating impact global warming has on our country and around the world. However, our current Administration’s short-sighted environment and energy plans will set our state back in protecting our waters, our air, and our green energy economic growth during a time when our country needs it most. Minnesota is a pioneer in green energy growth and development. We are in a place today where we can lead the nation in clean energy – which is good for our state economically and good for the nation and world in reducing global warming.”
Patricia Torres Ray was elected in 2006 to the Minnesota Senate to represent District 63. She was the first Latina to serve in the Minnesota Senate, and in 2010 the first woman of color to run as Lieutenant Governor in Minnesota. From the start, she took leadership roles like Majority Whip from 2007-2010, Chair of the Parks and Trails Legacy Committee and Chair of the New Immigration Policy Commission.
Later, she became chair of one of the most challenging committees in the Senate, Education Policy Committee leading significant policy reforms in education. She currently serves on Environment Policy/Legacy Finance, E-12 Finance and is the ranking member in the Local Government Committee. She is a recognized national leader, and was recently elected to chair the National Caucus of Latina Elected Officials within the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, NHCSL. She is a State Director for the Women Legislators’ Lobby.
She is a Public Affairs graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where she served as the former adjunct faculty and ongoing consultant for the school.