|Vincent J. Hughes|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 7th district
November 21, 1994
|Preceded by||Chaka Fattah|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 190th district
January 6, 1987 – November 21, 1994
|Preceded by||James Barber|
|Succeeded by||Michael Horsey|
October 26, 1956 |
|Spouse(s)||Sheryl Lee Ralph (m. 2005)
Fatima Ali (divorced)
|Alma mater||Temple University|
Vincent J. Hughes (born October 26, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 7th District since 1994. The district includes Springfield Township and Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County, as well as West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, University City, Roxborough, Manayunk, and East Falls. He is currently the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. His spokesperson, Ben Waxman, became a candidate for the Pennsylvania House in 2016.
Hughes previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 190th District from 1987 to 1995. He is married to actress, singer, and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph. Hughes is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
Vincent Hughes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James and Ann (née Adams) Hughes. After attending Temple University, he worked as library administrator at the University of Pennsylvania and was an official of District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
In 1984, Hughes unsuccessfully ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 190th District, losing to longtime incumbent James Barber in the Democratic primary. He challenged Barber again in 1986, and finally won the nomination. In the general election, he defeated his Republican opponent, Sandra R. Kellar, by a margin of 89%-11%. As a member of the State House, he served as chairman the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994.
After Chaka Fattah resigned to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, Hughes was elected to succeed him as State Senator from the 7th District in a special election on November 21, 1994. As a member of the State Senate, he has served as Deputy Minority Whip (2005-2006), Minority Caucus Secretary (2007-2008), Minority Caucus Chair (2009-2010). He was elected Minority Chair of the Appropriations Committee in 2011.
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