Senator Torres Ray worked in child welfare, child advocacy and community activism for 16 years, prior to running for public office. She decided to run for office out of frustration with the political system which often pays lip service to minorities, but offers few concrete strategies to eliminate economic, social and racial disparities. She migrated to the United States in 1987. She has two boys, Tomas and Carlos, ages 22 and 20. She is a recognized national and international leader. She chaired Latinos for Obama in Minnesota in 2008, she is a current chair the National Caucus of Latina State Elected Officials within the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, NHCSL. She is also a State Director for the National Women Legislators’ Lobby. She is a Public Affairs graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota, and ongoing lecturer for the school.