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