Black History Month: Ritchie Torres seeks to represent those that Democracy has failed to represent

'It is important for people to see themselves'

“I never imagined myself becoming a member of the United States Congress.”

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Those were Rep. Ritchie Torres’ (D-NY) opening remarks in his conversation with RADIO.COM’s Femi Redwood during a special RADIO.COM LIVE Check In series celebrating Black History Month.

“I was born, bred, and battle tested in the Bronx,” Torres said. “I spent most of my life in poverty. I was raised by a single mother who had to raise three children in minimum wage, which in the 1990’s was a mere $4.25. And I grew up in public housing, in conditions of mold, mildew, leaks, and lead without consistent heat and hot water in the winter. I never imagined embarking on a journey that would take me from public housing in the Bronx to the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. So there’s a sense in which my story is a realization of the American Dream.”