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Patricia Torres Ray

Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 62nd district
In office
2007 -
Preceded by Wes Skoglund

Born March 25, 1964 (1964-03-25) (age 45)
Pasto, Colombia
Political party Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jackson Ray
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Profession consultant, legislator

Patricia Torres Ray (born March 25, 1964, in Pasto, Colombia) is a Democratic Farmer Labor Party member of the Minnesota Senate, representing District 62 since January 2007. She currently serves as a majority whip. Her district is in the southeastern part of Minneapolis.[1]

Ray succeeded the retiring Wes Skoglund. She is the first Hispanic American to be elected to the Minnesota Senate.

Ray currently serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. She is also a member of the Finances subcommittees for the E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division, the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division, and the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division-Energy Subdivision.[2]



Patricia met her husband Jack when he was a University of Minnesota student in Columbia on a work study internship. They were married in 1987, and she immigrated to Minnesota with him, learned English, and became a US citizen. She studied at the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. degree in Urban Studies and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute. She and Jack have 2 sons, Tomás (1994) and Carlos (1996).

Electoral history

  • 2006 election for Minnesota State Senate, District 62
    • Patricia Torres Ray (D), 81%
    • Dan Mathias (R), 19%
  • 2006 election for Minnesota State Senate, District 62 - DFL Primary
    • Patricia Torres Ray (D), 84%
    • Bob Larson (D), 9%
    • Kyla Baldwin-Zingler (D), 7%


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