Senator Patricia Torres Ray

Patricia Torres Ray represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Learn more about Sen. Torres Ray. Read more news from Sen. Torres Ray.

Senate POCI Caucus Calls for Suspension of Budget Negotiations, Demands Police Accountability Measures

The members of the Senate POCI Caucus believe that the actions taken by the Minnesota Legislature during July 2020, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, were simply inadequate in protecting the lives of Black Minnesotans. The legislation passed in July and subsequently signed into law would have not prevented the killing of George Floyd, nor did it prevent the killing of Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021.

Legislature’s POCI Caucus and UBLC Condemn Police Shooting of Daunte Wright, Outline Police Accountability Bills

Today, members of the Minnesota Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and United Black Legislative Caucus (UBLC) discussed the police shooting of Daunte Wright and actions DFL legislators are proposing to improve accountability for law enforcement, including: allowing… Read More »Legislature’s POCI Caucus and UBLC Condemn Police Shooting of Daunte Wright, Outline Police Accountability Bills

DFL Legislators call for action on MPCA request to address PFAS contamination

On Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced findings that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination had been found in 98 out of 101 closed landfills across the state, and that 59 of these closed landfills in 41 counties have levels that exceed the Minnesota Department of Health’s health-based guidance values for PFAS. PFAS are forever chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects such as changes in development, liver and thyroid function, immune response, increased kidney damage, and certain cancers.

Senate DFL women Senators demand equal rights under the law

The women of the Senate DFL gathered today virtually to rally for Minnesota to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The federal Equal Rights Amendment was originally written in 1923 and finally passed by Congress in 1972. Minnesota ratified the ERA one year later in 1973. After nearly 100 years, the ERA bill was passed in the Minnesota House in 2019, but did not make it past the Republican-controlled Senate.

Entire Senate DFL Caucus Signs on to Support Students of All Faiths

Thank you for your work to ensure that all Minnesotans voices and perspectives are heard in our state legislature. As we work for the good of all Minnesotans, we write to strongly encourage you to support legislation that we will be introducing alongside Representative Hodan Hassan. This bill makes small changes to ensure that all Minnesotans have full access to the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.