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Mondaire Jones, One of 1st Black Gay Congressmen, Is Freshman Leader

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Mondaire Jones, one of the first Black gay men elected to Congress, has been named freshman representative to House leadership in a unanimous vote by the freshman class.Jones, a Democrat, this month won the U.S.

House of Representatives seat from New York’s 17th Congressional District, located in the suburbs of New York City. He and fellow Democrat Ritchie Torres, an Afro-Latinx man elected in the neighboring 15th Congressional District in the Bronx, will be the first out members of the Black LGBTQ+ community to serve in Congress.

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