On the Issues

Jazz Legacy Awards – You’re invited!

On behalf of my wife, Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes, and I, we want to invite you to the Fourth Annual Jazz Legacy Awards.  This year's honorees, Bernard Purdie, Helen Haynes, Gloria Galante, and Germaine Ingram, through their artistic accomplishments, prove that the...

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Join Us for a Breast Cancer Photo Exhibit

Join us on May 9th at 5 pm at the 30th Street Station for a Breast Cancer Photo Exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania. Click here to RSVP or call 1-800-377-8828 x 3040. About the Exhibit 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in...

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Pennsylvanians deserve affordable higher education

Senator Hughes’ fervent push to address soaring college tuition costs and rising amounts of crippling student loan debt is kicking into high gear this week as he declares March 25-29 “Higher Education Affordability Week”. Senator Hughes remains motivated to address...

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Financing Your College Education

If you’re a high school student thinking about going to college, time is running out! Senator Hughes has put together an all-star group of organizations and resources with the goal of helping you finance your college education. All you need to do is show...

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Raise the minimum Wage NOW!

Time for an economic New Deal for Pa. workersOn Jan. 30, Senator Hughes stood with Gov. Tom Wolf as he introduced his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by July 1. Gov. Wolf’s proposal also called for annual until the minimum wage reaches...

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Feb. 7, 2019 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayThe HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to disproportionately impact the black community. African Americans accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections (17,528 new diagnoses) in 2016, even though they...

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Free college! Time for a New Deal for Pa. college students

Senator Hughes renewed his push for the Pennsylvania Promise initiative, a drive to bring free college to all Pennsylvanians, through Senate Bill 111 on Jan. 30. The PA Promise would also provide funding for those pursuing apprenticeships, trades and adult...

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Save The Date for “Breaking The Silence”

Did you know that nearly 7 million African-American people were diagnosed with a mental illness in the last year? That’s more than the entire populations of Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia combined! That’s why it’s time to break the silence and shatter the stigma...

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No excuses: It’s time to vote

In the past few months you’ve probably received a message from me encouraging you to register to vote. The election is here. It’s time to vote. Elections, now more than ever, are key in our democracy. Every vote counts. That starts at the local level in...

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Less than 12 hours left to register to vote!

  The midterm election is right around the corner and there are less than 12 hours left to register. That means there is still time to get it done, check your status and find your polling place ahead of next month’s election. Only a few hours are left to beat the...

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Today is National Voter Registration Day!

  Held on the 4th Tuesday in September every year, #NationalVoterRegistrationDay celebrates democracy and encourages voter registration. Protest is not enough. Elections matter. Each election, too many Americans find that they are unable to vote because they have...

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New scholarship for all Pa. newborns

I'm glad to announce the creation of a new scholarship program for all new born PA residents. It's called Keystone Scholars and it takes effect on January 1, 2019. As  the prime co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1130, I worked with my Republican...

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Combatting racism on the golf course and across Pa.

Senator Vincent Hughes is working with the “Grandview 5” to hold golf club ownership responsible for an incident of discrimination that made national news. The incident involved five African American women who said they were discriminated against based on...

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We are facing a public health crisis!

"Senator Hughes calls for Emergency Summer Clean and Repair Program for “Toxic” Schools Senator Hughes requests mayor, superintendent authorize aggressive deep-cleaning in “toxic” Philadelphia schools, asks for community to share...

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Make Mental Health A Priority

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I am partnering with the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Black Women’s Health Alliance for our annual Mental Health First Aid Workshop and Certification. The event...

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Interested in buying a home? We’re here to help

I’ve spent this week focusing on modern-day redlining and the impact it has had on potential homebuyers in Philadelphia and now I want to take the time to offer some assistance and resources to buying your first home. The Urban League of...

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Redlining deprives black and brown people of home ownership

After analyzing data from more than 31 million records, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) found that African Americans and Latinos were routinely more likely to be denied conventional mortgages at a far higher rate than their white counterparts. I will not stand for this discrimination and as a result, am pushing for investigations into these practices.

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Happy Anniversary ACA

It has been eight years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.  March 23, 2010 is a significant day in United States history.  It is a day when our country told the world all Americans are entitled to health...

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Hughes Walks and Speaks to Students for National Walkout Day

It was my honor and privilege to walk with and speak to students from the Science Leadership Academy School in Philadelphia who participated in National Walkout Day. I also attended an event at Philadelphia City Hall where students who participated in the walkout gathered.

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Join Us for a Financial Freedom for Working Families Event

Together with PA Treasurer Joe Torsella and the Campaign for Working Families, Inc. invite you for a Financial Freedom event. Let us help you find money that you’re entitled to. The event will be held on March 13 from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. at Parkwest Town Center...

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10.17.2017: ‘Pathways to Pardons’ Event This Thursday at Drexel University

10.5.2017: Join Us at Neighborhood Fall Festival Oct. 14

9.27.2017: Friday Roundtable to Focus on Voter Access

9.26.2017: Today is National Voter Registration Day

9.22.2017: Must Stop No Health Care/TrumpCare Bill

8.30.2017: How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors

8.17.2017: We Must Not Be Silent

8.11.2017: Due to Inclement Weather Forecast, Tomorrow’s Block Party with a Purpose is Postponed

8.7.2017: Honoring Voting Rights Act & Increasing Voter Participation

8.3.2017: You’re Invited: Neighborhood Block Party with a Purpose!

7.25.2017: Shame! Health Care Repeal Effort Moves Forward

6.30.2017: There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading Program

6.28.207: Absurd! Senate OKs Guns in Classrooms

6.23.2017: Unequal and Insufficient Education Funding in PA Must Come To An End

6.1.2017: First Time Homebuyer Seminar & Energy Conservation Workshop

5.12.2017: #1 Issue in Education – PA’s Unequal Education Funding! Worst in the Nation!

5.8.2017: Success Story! Jobs, Community Revitalization and Fresh Food Come Back to the Neighborhood

5.2.2017: Signups for Obamacare on the Rise

4.26.2017: Attack on Planned Parenthood Comes to the Pennsylvania Senate

4.5.2017: It’s Tax Return Season; See if You Qualify for Tax Credit

4.4.2017: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

2.27.2017: Join Us at Wednesday’s Community Forum

2.22.2017: Turn Anger Into Action at My Upcoming Forum!

2.21.2017: PA Budget Hearings Viewing Schedule

2.13.2017: Fighting Bad Policies that Hurt Women, Families and Workers

2.7.2017: ALERT: Watch Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address Today

2.7.2017: Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

1.31.2017: Today is the LAST DAY to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

1.26.2017: You can STILL enroll in Obamacare!

1.19.2017: Just 11 days left to enroll in Obamacare!

1.18.2017: January 31st is the deadline to enroll in Obamacare!

1.4.2017:  Time to Mobilize with Senator Hughes & Rev. Al Sharpton

1.1.2017: Happy New Year from Senator Hughes & Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes


12.29.2015: Gov. Wolf Prevents School Closings with Line-Item Budget Veto

12.19.2015: Check Out the Next Big Project in West Philly’s Revitalization

12.14.2015: Here’s What I’m Doing on the Anniversary of the Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

12.7.2015: PA Senate Votes 43-7 to Send PA Budget with Record Education Increase to House to End Budget Impasse

12.3.2015: Getting Results: New Affordable Housing Coming to West Philly

11.25.2015: Senator Hughes Invites You to Unleash the Power of Age Expo for Adults 50 +

11.9.2015: Check out my latest opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News

11.5.2015: Senator Vincent Hughes Celebrates Veterans Day 2015 by Honoring African American Women Veterans

10.22.2015: Help Me Stop the Next Act of Gun Violence

10.15.2015: Pennsylvania Needs a Budget, So GOP Must Compromise

10.7.2015: Republicans Pick Drillers Over Schools, Again

10.4.2015: The deadline to register to vote in the November 3rd election is October 5th.

9.24.2015: Hitting the Streets for Quality Health Insurance!

9.18.2015: You’ll Never Believe the Latest Republican Budget Stunt

8.27.2015: #BREAKING: You Won’t Believe What This Poll Says About the Republican Position on the State Budget

8.18.2015: Please share this video #TaxShaleFundSchools

8.13.2015: You Won’t Believe What’s Happening to Test Scores in Our Public Schools

7.29.2015: Here’s How to Beat the Heat

7.2.2015: Why Governor Tom Wolf Vetoed the Republican Budget

6.25.2015: Major Announcement: More Summer Jobs for Philly Youth!

6.23.2015: Three Reasons Why We Need More Funds for All Schools – Especially Philadelphia

6.8.2015: Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting – June 9th at 6 p.m.

6.3.2015: Sen. Hughes Presents Save our Skills: Read to Succeed Program

5.18.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Historic $3.8 Billion Cut in Property Taxes

4.7.2015: Senator Hughes Welcomes Governor Wolf to 7th Senatorial District in West Philadelphia

4.6.2015:  Help Support Drexel Student Zakiya James

3.27.2015: Confronting Racism in PA: Why I Am Supporting Gov. Wolf’s Nominee for PA State Police

3.24.2015: Senator Hughes to Appear on Pa. Cable Network TONIGHT

3.20.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Universal Voter Registration Bill to Honor The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Passage of the Voting Rights Act

3.16.2015: ALERT: Senate Budget Hearings Start Today

3.3.2015: ALERT: Governor Wolf to Deliver Budget Address

2.6.2015: Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources

1.14.2015: Top Hughes Staffer Chosen by Governor-Elect to be Budget Secretary

1.12.2015: Important Deadline to Sign up for High Quality, Very Affordable Health Care is Approaching

1.6.2015: Private Panel Discussion & Screening of the Movie Selma


12.24.2014: A Season for Giving Back

12.8.2014: More Bad News for PA: Gov. Corbett Announces $2 Billion Budget Hole

12.2.2014: Additional resources for World AIDS Day

12.1.2014: A Message from Senator Hughes and Sheryl Lee Ralph on World AIDS Day


11.18.2014: Senator Hughes Can Help Get Health Coverage for You and Your Family! 

11.13.2014: Senator Hughes Re-Elected Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman 

11.10.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.5.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.3.2014: Vote for Our Schools and Our Kids!

10.31.2014: Your Right to Vote is Under Attack!

10.04.2014: Repaving City Line Ave Thanks to Act 89

09.15.2014: Senate Democrats Call for Pennsylvania Department of Education to Investigate Complaints About School Conditions in Philly Schools 

09.05.2014: Update on your Credit Score

08.26.2014: Documenting School Conditions in Philadelphia

07.10.2014: Save our Skills Summer Reading Program

07.07.2014: 5th Annual Community of Giving Blood Drives in Memory of E. Steven Collins

6.18.2014: Solution #2 for PA’s Budget Deficit & Education Funding Crisis: Shale Tax for Schools

6.11.2014: Solution #1 for PA’s Budget Dilemma and Education Funding Crisis: Expand Medicaid and Save PA $400 Million

5.9.2014: #BringBackOurGirls: PA Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Victims of Nigerian Kidnapping

4.25.2014: PHEAA Financial Aid For College Deadline Approaching!

4.14.2014: Time to Tax Natural Gas Drilling to Fund Education

4.3.2014: Tomorrow: Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness

3.26.2014: Register Now for Breaking the Silence: A Summit on Mental Wellness

3.25.2014: Action Alert: Fund Our Schools / Tax Marcellus Shale Rally

3.18.2014: Time is Running Out to Get Affordable Health Insurance

2.18.2014: Join Senator Hughes THIS Saturday to Get Health Insurance

2.12.2014: Gov. Corbett’s “Healthy PA” vs. Healthcare for All

2.10.2014: Governor Corbett’s “Proposed” 2014-2015 Education Budget

1.28.2014: West Philly, Get Covered Thanks to Obamacare!

1.22.2014: The Affordable Care Act is Working 

1.17.2014: Test Scores Fall Because of Education Funding Cuts

1.16.2014: Mr. President: Don’t Buy Governor Corbett’s Health-care Plan


12.11.2013: PA Senate Honors the Life of Nelson Mandela

11.26.2013: Senate Democrats Offer Plan to Create 80,000 Jobs to Put People Back to Work

11.19.2013: Help Available to Understand Health Insurance Options

10.30.2013: First in A Series: The Crisis in Education Funding!

10.1. 2013: Health Care for All: The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Starts October 1, 2013! Enroll Now!

9.30.2013: Learn How to Get Health Coverage in the Insurance Marketplace

9.24.2013: Why It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

8.14.2013: Tell the Governor to Send $45 million to Philly Schools

8.7.2013: Save Our Skills: Free Reading Program for Students

7.25.2013: Update on Philadelphia School District Funding Crisis: $138 Million response to $180 Million Request

7.11.2013: How We Can Create Jobs in PA

7.1.2013: Huge Victory in Senate on Medicaid Expansion

6.24.2013:  Time for Big Push to Expand Health-Care

6.19.2013: How We Can Solve the Statewide School Funding Crisis

6.13.2013: Medicaid Expansion: Helps Others, Help Yourself

6.11.2013: Hughes Hosts “Welcome Home Hero: You’re Not Alone”

6.62013: PA Senate Passes Attack on Women’s Reproductive Health-Care Services

6.4.2013: 2013-14 State Budget -Stop the Cuts, Put the People First

5.7.2013: Free Dental Clinics in Pennsylvania

5.6.2013: Fresh Food Access Initiative for Urban Food Deserts

4.12.2013: Another Study Comes Out in Support of Medicaid 

3.25.2013: Pennsylvania’s Job Picture: Wrong Direction, Unemployment Up, New Job Creation Down 

3.8.2013: A True Look at Basic Education Funding In Pennsylvania

3.6.2013: Senators Hughes, Ferlo, and Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion in Pittsburgh 

2.26.2013: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Another Republican Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid, It’s Time for Gov. Corbett to Follow Suit

2.25.2013: Steep Federal Spending Cuts Will Have Serious Impacts on Pennsylvania

2.22.2013:  As Another Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Corbett Continues to Stall

2.19.2013: Getting Philly Covered: The Promise and Opportunity of the New Health Care Law

2.19.2013: Senate Appropriations Committee 2013-14 Budget Hearings Begin Today

2.7.2013: Governor Corbett Must Make the Right Choice for Pennsylvania: Expand the Medicaid Program, Bring Billions of Dollars to PA and Help the Uninsured

1.29.2013: Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion

1.23.2013: Sen. Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Public Discussion on the President’s New Health Care Reform Plan

1.16.2013: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Unveil Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

1.14.2013: Devastating Fire in West Philadelphia Highlights the Need for Fire Safety and Prevention Awareness

1.9.2013: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Releases Action Plan

1.8.2013: Senator Hughes Sworn-In to Fifth Full Term in PA Senate – Jobs to be Top Priority