Taking the Oath of Office
Swearing in as Member of the 117th Congress
U.S. Congressman Ritchie Torres
15th Congressional District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2021
Ritchie Torres Sworn-In to the 117th Congress
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ritchie Torres was sworn into the 117th Congress for his first-term representing New York’s 15th Congressional District, encompassing the South Bronx. Congressman Torres was added to the rolls of the House upon executing the oath of office. He will serve on the Financial Services Committee and will be a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Congressman Torres is making history as the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latino Member of Congress.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the essential borough, the Bronx. The pandemic has shown us now more than ever how vital it is to address systemic issues of race, climate change, housing and economic inequality, and I look forward to fighting for change and for the Bronx’s essential workers in Washington, DC,” said Congressman Torres. “As a product of New York City public housing, and the son of a single mother, I would not be here today without the security and stability of having a home. My top priority in Congress will be fighting for more access to affordable housing so that every American has a stable home in which to care for their families.”
Congressman Torres, in his first official vote, supported Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 117th Congress.
“In my first official act as a Member of Congress, I proudly cast my vote for Nancy Pelosi. As the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi leads the most diverse legislative conference in American history: 70% of the Democratic Caucus consists of women, people of color, or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Speaker Pelosi has made it a priority to put Americans back to work and put money in the pockets of families in need, passing the two largest stimulus packages in history. For the last four years, she has been a powerful counterbalance to the dangerous and destructive presidency of Donald Trump. Her place in history is as well-earned as it is well-established.”