Senator Patricia Torres Ray announces she will not be seeking re-election

Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) announced today that she will not be seeking re-election in 2022. Senator Torres Ray was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and was the first Latina woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate. She has been an active progressive voice in the legislature and currently serves as the Minority Lead for the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee, as a member of the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee, the Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission, the Executive Council for the Young Women’s Initiative, and the Chair of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus. In addition to her announcement, Senator Torres Ray released the following statement:

“Dear Community, with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude I want to share with you that I have decided not to run for re-election. Serving our district and the State of Minnesota is the greatest honor I will ever hold. For 15 years I have received kindness, support and encouragement from many of you, and making the decision not to run for another term was not easy.

During my last year in the Senate I will continue to open the doors for people to enter and participate in the political process and will encourage and equip people to use their own voice and power to influence the Legislature. In turn, I will ask that you open doors to others, especially those who have been marginalized and excluded. 

Thank you for giving me the privilege to serve and represent this great community!

Patricia Torres Ray- PTR

Querida Comunidad,

Con un profundo sentido de aprecio y gratitud, quiero compartir con ustedes que he decidido no postularme para la próxima reelección. Servir a nuestro distrito y al estado de Minnesota siempre será el mayor honor de mi vida profesional. Por 15 años he recibido apoyo, impulso y cariño de muchos de ustedes y no fue fácil tomar la decisión de no postularme por otro período.

En este, mi último año en el Senado, seguiré abriendo las puertas para que todos puedan entrar y participar en el proceso político, para que usen su voz y su propio poder para influenciar la Legislatura, y a su vez les pediré a ustedes que abran las puertas a otros, especialmente a aquellos que han sido marginados y excluidos.

Muchas gracias por darme el privilegio de servir y representar a esta gran comunidad!

Patricia Torres Ray PTR

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Patricia Torres Ray represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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