Two New York progressives have become the first openly gay Black people elected to Congress.

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Torres also became the first gay Afro-Latino person elected to Congress on Tuesday night. After winning the Democratic primary in June, he was heavily favored to win in his district, a deep-blue stronghold that is one of the poorest districts in the country. that sits entirely in the Bronx.- Advertisement – Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, two young progressive candidates from New York, became the first two openly gay Black men elected to Congress after they were declared winners in their House races.Both men will replace retiring lawmakers in their district. Mr. Torres, a 32-year-old New York City councilman, will represent New York’s 15th congressional district, which sits in the Bronx and is currently represented by Representative José E Serrano.- Advertisement – Mr. Jones, a progressive candidate with support from the institutional left, was also favored in his district, which covers parts of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.Mr. Torres and Mr. Jones were not the only L.G.B.T.Q. candidates to make history on Election Day. In Delaware, Sarah McBride won her State Senate race, making her the first openly transgender person to be elected to that position in the United States. Mr. Jones, a lawyer, will represent the 17th congressional district, in New York City’s northern suburbs, filling the seat held by Representative Nita Lowey, the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee.“Tonight, we made history,” Mr. Torres tweeted on Tuesday evening. “It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the essential borough, the Bronx.”last_img

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