Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres Sworn In As The First Black Gay Congressmen

Reps. Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres have started off the new year by making history. Jones and Torress were both sworn in as the first openly gay Black congressmen in history.

“Today, with my sister by my side, I was sworn into Congress to represent the community that raised me from Section 8 housing all the way to the halls of Congress,” Jones stated.

“My heart is full of gratitude for the great people of Westchester and Rockland Counties, and I’m humbled that they have placed their trust in me. I can’t wait to get to work fighting for them and keeping their sacred trust.”

Jones actively worked alongside nonprofits before being elected to office. The New York congressman has worked with the NAACP and New York Civil Liberties Union. He also co-founded Rising Leaders, Inc.

“Congressman-elect Mondaire Jones is a force for progress in New York and across America, whose brilliant legal mind, grassroots organizing experience, and spirit of advocacy and action have already enriched our House Democratic majority," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi added.

Jones' new colleague, Torres, also has a background in social justice and civil rights. As New York City Councilman, the 32-year-old fought to reform the New York City Housing Authority, develop the state's cannabis industry and reduce predatory lending practices. As a freshman member of Congress, Torres will replace Jose Serrano, who worked in Congress for 30 years.

"Thank you, former Rep. Jose Serrano for dedicating your life to serving the people of the Bronx. You have- without fail- set the gold standard of decency and integrity in elected office. From the Bronx River to Puerto Rico, the impact of your service will be forever felt," Torres tweeted.

Jones and Torres will be joined by Reps. Cori Bush, Marilyn Strickland and several other lawmakers who are the first to represent their areas.

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