Saint Paul, MN – State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) will be honored at the 8th Annual Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner on Friday, May 24th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The dinner celebrates leaders in the DFL party who make significant contributions to the Democratic party and the State of Minnesota.
Senator Torres Ray will receive the Joan and Walter Mondale for Public Service Award in recognition for her tireless work and advocacy on behalf of all Minnesotans, particularly those who are most in need.
After working in public policy for 16 years, Senator Patricia Torres Ray became the first Latina elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006. In 2010 she was the first woman of color to run as Lieutenant Governor in the State. She has held multiple leadership roles in the Senate, including Majority Whip, Chair of the Parks and Trails Legacy Committee, Chair of the New Immigration Policy Commission, Chair of the Education Policy Committee and Chair of State and Local Government Committee.
She is a recognized local and national leader and was recently elected to chair the National Caucus of Latina Elected Officials within the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, NHCSL.
Senator Torres Ray has received multiple awards recognizing her contributions to eliminating disparities and opening opportunities for women and minorities. She has authored numerous pieces of legislation adding significant changes to law in areas related to human services, public education, environment, housing and economic development.
She is a Public Affairs graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, a former adjunct faculty, and ongoing consultant for the school. She has been a resident of Minneapolis for 30 years and has two boys, ages 24 and 22.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award at the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner,” Sen. Torres Ray said. “As a young immigrant who came to America, I was determined to make a difference in the lives of others. I chose to work in government and political organizing because we need more diverse voices in policy making. The struggles and opportunities I have experienced during my journey as a community activist, legislator, leader, student, scholar, mother and partner have taught me that working with others, not giving up, and showing determination are core to public service”