Subscribe to On the Issues. November 13, 2014

State Senator Vincent Hughes: On the Issues Facebook Twitter

Senator Hughes Re-Elected Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman


Senator HughesIt is with great pride that I am pleased to announce my re-election as Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman. I am extremely grateful to my Democratic colleagues who have once again given me this responsibility.

I am also very excited to work with Governor-elect Tom Wolf and his incoming administration. I know that together we can put Pennsylvania back on the right track. This includes fully funding public education, jump-starting our economy to create good jobs, addressing economic inequality and wage stagnation, and expanding access to high quality health insurance for all Pennsylvanians.

We will also need to get our fiscal house in order. The policies of the outgoing administration have created serious financial problems for the state that will need to be addressed. That means passing a responsible state budget instead of relying on one-time revenue and gimmicks.

Once again, I want to thank my Democratic colleagues for choosing me to be the Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman and congratulate the rest of the leadership team. Together, I am confident that we can build a better Pennsylvania and provide a strong voice for working families in Harrisburg.


Senator Hughes

Senate Democratic Leadership Team

Senator Jay Costa Senator Vincent Hughes
Democratic Leader Jay Costa

Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes

Anthony H. Williams Senator Wayne Fontana Senator Lisa Boscola
Whip Anthony Williams Caucus Chairman Wayne Fontana Policy Committee Chair Lisa Boscola
Senator Larry Farnese Senator John Yudichak Senator John Blake
Caucus Secretary Larry Farnese Caucus Administrator John Yudichak Vice Chair of Appropriations John Blake



Costa Re-elected Leader; Senate Democratic Leadership Team Chosen

November 12, 2014

Harrisburg – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected to lead his caucus in the next legislative session.

Costa will be joined by a leadership team that will assist in devising policy solutions on key issues such as job creation, education investment, tax reform and repairs to the social safety net, he said.

“It is a great honor to be elected by my colleagues to lead our caucus for this session,” Costa said. “We have a great many challenges ahead of us but we have a wonderful opportunity to work with the new governor in crafting policy that helps all the citizens of Pennsylvania.

» Continue Reading

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership Team for New Session

November 12, 2014

(HARRISBURG) — Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been nominated again to serve as President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Scarnati’s nomination when it reconvenes in January. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate.

» Continue Reading

House Democrats Select Leadership Team

November 12, 2014

HARRISBURG – The returning and newly elected members of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus today chose their leadership team for the 2015-16 session.

“By working together and staying united for the last four years, House Democrats were able to stop many of the most extreme ideas pushed by the right wing of the Republican Party,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

» Continue Reading

119 Strong House Republican Majority Chooses 2015-16 Leadership Team

November 12, 2014

HARRISBURG – The 119 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) as their choice for speaker of the House of Representatives and Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) as majority leader for the 2015-16 legislative session.

Today’s caucus election comes eight days after Republicans increased their majority from 111 members going into Election Day to 119 members, retaining control of the state House for the third consecutive session.

» Continue Reading


Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579