Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Patricia Torres Ray (born March 1964, in Pasto, Co- lombia) represents SD 63, which includes south Minneapolis in Hennepin County and Richfield.
Torres Ray succeeded the retiring Wes Skoglund in 2007. She is the first His- panic American to be elected to the Minnesota Senate and the first minority woman to run as Lieutenant Governor in Minnesota. She currently serves as the Chair for the Education Policy Committee and the Senate’s Education Finance, Higher Education and Workforce Development Division and State and Local Government Committees.
She married in 1987, and immigrated to Minnesota with her husband, learned English, and became a U.S. citizen. She studied at the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.P.Aff. from the Humphrey Institute. She and Jack have two sons, Tomas and Carlos.