Vicent Hughes

Party: Democrat
Position: State Senator, District 7
Chair: Appropriations (minority chair)
Member: Finance; Intergovernmental Operations; Rules and Executive Nominations
In office since: 1995
Previous occupations: State Representative
Next Election: 2020
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Contact Information:  
2401 North 54th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19131  


  • Wants to expand healthcare access to low-income workers

  • Worked to fully implement the Affordable Care Act, including by expanding Medicaid

  • Large advocate for awareness of and treatment for HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses


  • Believes in raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, and $15 an hour by 2025

  • Proposed bills to create a state study on the impacts of state policies on poverty (source)

Electoral reform

  • Introduced legislation to create automatic voter registration when people interact with the State government


  • Wants to increase funding for public education

  • Legislative leader of the Pennsylvania Promise Initiative, which aims to create free college for all state residents

  • Authored legislation to create a college savings fund for each Pennsylvania child

  • Works to reform Cheyney University’s finances, the nation’s oldest historically black university

Community safety

  • Helped create legislation to create a $60 million grant to prevent community violence and promote school safety


  • Former chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus

  • Co-chair of the National Coalition for Voter Justice

  • Member of the Council of Trustees of Cheyney University

  • Hughes won the nomination for his current seat after Former State Senator Chaka Fattah resigned to run for Congress