ABOUT SENATOR HUGHES:
Senator Vincent J. Hughes is a representative of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 7th District, where he also acts as Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Before coming to the Senate, Hughes acted as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994. Additionally, Senator Hughes chaired the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994 during his time in the Pennsylvania House.
Senator Hughes is committed to helping the working class by creating jobs, reforming the healthcare system, and rebuilding communities. Senator Hughes has played a crucial role in the renovation of numerous development projects within the district, such as the $50 million Park Town West retail complex and the 500-unit Lucien Blackwell Homes. Other notable projects include the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia, Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, the City Avenue Revitalization Project, and the Cira Center.
Not only is Senator Hughes involved locally in his work, but he is also acknowledged on the national level for his efforts on HIV/AIDS awareness and his persistence on the Breaking The Silence Conferences, which focuses on Behavioral Health in the African-American Community. One of his greatest endeavors is facilitating the access of education to all individuals. Senator Hughes has supported education through most of his career, from being on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency to creating the James Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his father. The fund has given significant scholarships to more than 400 students every year until their graduation.
Senator Hughes has always stood up for what is right, and when he was able to secure $20 million dollars of state money to go to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs to provide help for those in need of financial assistance with their heating bills, he did just that. He fought for raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and continues to push for a structured statewide jobs plan.
At the end of the day, Senator Hughes is committed to being a husband to his lovely wife Sheryl Lee Ralph and a father to their conjoined family of four children.