Vincent Hughes

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Vincent Hughes
Pennsylvania State Senate District 7
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 19
Deputy Minority Whip, Pennsylvania State Senate
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
BirthdayOctober 26, 1956
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Office website
Vincent J. Hughes (b. October 26, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.[1] Hughes previously served as Minority Caucus Chairman from 2009-2010.

Hughes served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994 and currently is the 44th ward leader for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.


Hughes attended Temple University.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Minority Chair
Intergovernmental Operations
Rules & Executive Nominations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hughes served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hughes served on these committees:



Despite a 30 to 19 disadvantage in votes, Hughes made it clear he would not be rolling over on the state budget.

"While we are ready to work cooperatively to achieve results, we will not succumb to political expediency or waver in defending our own principles and core beliefs in jobs, investment and progress for all," Hughes wrote in an opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

In that opinion column, Hughes was referring to the approaching struggle over the next state operating budget and the $4 billion to $5 billion shortfall that will have to dealt with by the General Assembly and Republican governor Tom Corbett.[3]

Severance tax

In April 2014, Hughes supported a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. He argued that there was interest among both parties to further tax natural gas. “Many of us believe, collectively, that a lion’s share, if not all of those dollars, should go to our education system,” said Hughes.[4]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Hughes ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 7. Hughes ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [5][6]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Hughes Incumbent 100% 105,146
Total Votes 105,146


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Hughes was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 7.[7] Hughes raised $560,965 for this campaign.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 7
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png HUGHES, VINCENT J. (D) 101,996
PERRY, MARC (R) 17,344

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vincent Hughes is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Vincent Hughes raised a total of $2,653,466 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[9]

Vincent Hughes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Won $743,859
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $708,359
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Won $560,965
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $236,252
2004 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Won $210,174
2002 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $106,729
2000 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 7 Won $87,128
Grand Total Raised $2,653,466


Vincent Hughes won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Vincent Hughes raised a total of $743,859.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vincent Hughes's campaign in 2012
Laborers District Council$50,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association$45,000
Laborers District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia & Vicinity$25,000
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$24,500
Sweeney, Gerard H$17,500
Total Raised in 2012$743,859
Source:Follow the Money


Hughes raised $505,761 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 98 $60,000
AFSCME Council 13 $33,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association $22,500
Laborers District Council $20,500
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees $20,000
The BMW Family Limited Partnership $20,000
Coalition for Pennsylvania's Future $17,500
Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers $13,000
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $12,000
Citizens for a Better Commonwealth $11,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Pennsylvania

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In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.


In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.


Vincent is married to Sheryl Lee Ralph. They have four children and reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

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