PA State Senator – Represents the 7th Senatorial District in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Hughes is a leading progressive voice on local, state, and national issues. His colleagues elected him to be the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2010 and he continues to bring proactive leadership to that role.
Senator Hughes has served the commonwealth as a member of the Senate for more than 20 years. He was first elected to represent the 7th Senatorial District in 1994, previously serving as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994. He was chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994.
As a key member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership team, Sen. Hughes is a champion for major policy issues such as expanding health insurance for the uninsured, raising the minimum wage, defending the right to vote, fighting for increased funding for public education, expanding housing options for working and low-income residents, and investing in young people.
As Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Hughes holds a major role in developing Pennsylvania’s annual budget, carefully guiding the state’s spending priorities. This year, Sen. Hughes fought for – and achieved – historic investments in education, public safety programs, and housing.
He is also a member of Cheyney University’s Council of Trustees. He and his family established the James Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of his late father, which has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships to talented students who have overcome challenges and want to make a positive difference in the world.
The senator has been recognized locally and nationally for his work on HIV/AIDS, as well as his efforts to raise awareness on the challenges of mental and behavioral health in the African American community.
Sen. Hughes is extremely dedicated to the progress of his district, which is made up of parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He is a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, and is supported by his loving wife, Emmy award-winning actress, entertainer, and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, and their blended family of four children.