Brian Sims

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Brian Sims
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 182
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
November 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
J.D.Michigan State University
Office website
Campaign website
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Brian Sims is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 182. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Sims' earned his Bachelor's Degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Michigan State University. His professional experience includes working as Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning for the Philadelphia Bar, President of the Board of Directors for Equality Pennsylvania, as the Chairman of GALLOP, as a disability attorney and as a clerk for the EPA. He currently serves on the GLSEN Sports Advisory Council and contributes to The Advocate Magazine. Sims was the first former NCAA football captain to come out.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sims served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Democratic Secretary
Professional Licensure
State Government


Campaign themes


Sims' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • "Protect children’s right to a good education and teachers’ right to collectively bargain"
  • "Ensure the School Reform Commission is open, accessible and effective"
  • "Fight against vouchers and attempts to privatize the school district"

Constituent Service

  • "Connecting constituents to vital public services"
  • "Notarizing forms and helping with government paperwork "
  • "Providing assistance to help navigate unemployment, veteran’s assistance, and other services"


  • "Pass a fair severance tax on natural gas drilling"
  • "Ban drilling state forests"
  • "Increase regulation of fracking and monitoring of drilling impacts on water, air and land"


  • "Provide equal protection for all Pennsylvanians"
  • "Expand existing civil rights protections and enforce those that already exist"
  • "Protect our immigrants from intimidation and discriminatory laws"



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Brian Sims was set to face Babette Josephs in the Democratic primary, but Josephs was removed from the ballot on April 9, 2014, leaving Sims unopposed. Sims was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sims ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 182. Sims defeated incumbent Babette Josephs in the April 24 Democratic primary. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 182, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sims 100% 28,537
Total Votes 28,537
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 182 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sims 51.6% 3,759
Babette Josephs 48.4% 3,524
Total Votes 7,283

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brian Sims is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Brian Sims raised a total of $205,752 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[8]

Brian Sims's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 182 Won $205,752
Grand Total Raised $205,752


Brian Sims won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Brian Sims raised a total of $205,752.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Sims's campaign in 2012
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund$14,550
Heifetz, Mel$10,000
Stephen Carlino & Dennis Fee$5,005
Steven Carlino & Dennis Fee$5,001
John Sweet$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$205,752
Source:Follow the Money


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Political offices
Preceded by
Babette Josephs (D)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 182
Succeeded by