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33, New York — 15, D
The first openly gay Afro-Latino member of Congress and the first openly gay candidate to be elected to office in the Bronx, Ritchie previously served as the youngest member of the New York City Council. Having grown up in public housing, Ritchie put his personal experience to use in 2021, advocating for measures like the child tax credit to help families in need.
At just 25-years-old, Ritchie was elected to the New York City Council. Having grown up in public housing, he eventually requested the chairmanship position of the council’s Committee on Public Housing, tasked with overseeing the New York City Housing Authority. He was also the Deputy Leader of the majority on the city council.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
32, California — 53, D