October 2019

Senator Hughes hosted a Telephone Town Hall on housing availability and affordability.  First, he spoke with Michael Froehlich of Community Legal Services and Beth Shay of the Senior Law Center about some of the problems in Philadelphia’s housing market

Then the Senator and his guests talked with residents of the 7th Senatorial District about these problems and possible solutions. You can hear the entire Town Hall by clicking on the player below

September 2019

Senator Hughes hosted a Telephone Town Hall, talking with residents of the 7th District about Toxic Schools and Common Sense Gun Laws. You can hear the entire Town Hall by clicking on the player below:

June 2019

In response to road rage killings in Pennsylvania, Senator Hughes is proposing legislation to keep loaded firearms out of vehicles

Senator Hughes hosted a Telephone Town Hall in which he and his special guest Governor Tom Wolf answered questions from constituents about raising the minimum wage, climate change and a number of other issues.  You can listen to the entire Telephone Town Hall by clicking on the link below

Senator Hughes joined with fellow Senate Democrats and activists to call for the passage of a package of bills that would make voting easier for Pennsylvanians.

May 2019

A task force that’s been looking into lead contamination across the state has turned in its report, and lawmakers are responding with a package of bills designed to keep Pennsylvanians, especially children, safe. Senator Hughes says it’s the legislature’s duty

April 2019

Over 1.8 million Pennsylvanians carry an estimated 68 billion dollars in student loan debt. Senator Hughes says legislation is being introduced that would save thousands for those paying off student loans.

March 2019

Legislation is being introduced in Harrisburg that would make it easier for workers in the public sector to join unions. Senator Hughes says unions should be easier to join, not harder.

February 2019

Now that Governor Wolf has proposed his 2019-20 Budget for Pennsylvania, Senator Hughes and other members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee are asking state agencies how they intend to spend the state’s money.

Senator Hughes and other lawmakers are throwing their support behind Governor Wolf’s proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to twelve dollars an hour by July.

Senator Hughes held a Telephone Town Hall on Governor Wolf’s proposed 2019-20 state budget, taking phone calls from constituents and answering questions about the spending plan. You can hear the entire Town Hall by clicking on the link below.

Listen to Telephone Town Hall


February 7th marks the 19th annual Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Senator Vincent Hughes is encouraging African-Americans to get tested in the hope of putting an end to the disease.

Senator Hughes reacts to Governor Wolf’s 2019 Budget Address

January 2019

College students are graduating with ever-higher levels of debt. Senator Hughes says Pennsylvania should promise its students free and affordable college.

A new year, a new session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Senator Hughes talks about what he’s looking to accomplish in the state Senate in the new year.

November, 2018

With the possibility of the federal Affordable Care Act being changed or revoked, Senator Hughes says it’s important to have health care protections enshrined in Pennsylvania law.

October 2018

Senator Hughes says Governor Wolf is expected to sign legislation designed to help prevent suicide on college campuses.

Senator Hughes has introduced legislation that would guarantee health insurance in Pennsylvania will cover pre-existing conditions.

September 2018

Senator Hughes is calling for a ban on loaded firearms in vehicles as a means of preventing future deaths in road rage shootings.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed an amendment to a state Senate bill that would open a two-year window for victims to file lawsuits against those who sexually abused them, no matter how much time has passed since the abuse. Senators, including Senator Hughes, are calling for the bill to be passed in the upper chamber without changes.

August 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Hughes, heard from experts in the fields of trauma and counseling as lawmakers draft legislation to keep Pennsylvania schools safe.

Senator Hughes gathered a group of experts in Philadelphia to talk about what the state is doing to make sure this fall’s elections are secure.

July 2018

Senator Hughes joined with fellow lawmakers, educators and schools to put together a summer reading program that will help kids keep their skills up over the summer months.

June 2018

Senator Hughes comments on the passage of the 2018 state Budget….

…and says one of the most notable accomplishments of the budget package is funding to deal with violence in our schools and in our communities

Senator Hughes organized a gathering of lawmakers and advocates to participate in a rally at the state Capitol in support of immigrant families separated by the Trump Administration’s enforcement of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Senator Hughes joined with hundreds of activists who came to the state Capitol to call for full funding for all public schools in Pennsylvania.

Senator Hughes reminds families that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — covers all kids with quality health insurance.

Five African American women golfers who were removed from a York County golf course for allegedly playing too slowly have picked up some support in Harrisburg from Senator Hughes and other lawmakers.

Pennsylvania college students graduate with debt that is 4 thousand dollars higher than the national average. Senator Hughes wants to change that.

May 2018

Senator Hughes was part of a special legislative committee in Harrisburg that has finished its examination of a program that provides state money to school districts for new construction.He said the committee has some recommendations:

….and he has a special message for Philadelphia city schools:

In the wake of school shootings across the country, Senator Hughes says a bipartisan group of state Senators has introduced legislation they hope will make schools safer.

April 2018

April 4th is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The Pennsylvania Senate marked the occasion with a special Resolution sponsored by Senator Hughes.

March 2018

The state Senate is almost done with the year’s budget hearings, and Senator Hughes says there could be a surprise when all is said and done.

February 2018

If you’re looking for a job, Senator Hughes says that help is available.

Pennsylvania’s Treasury is launching a pilot program in six counties to start a college savings account for every baby born or adopted in those counties, and deposit the first 100 dollars in that account. Senator Hughes is working on legislation to bring that program to every baby born or adopted in the Commonwealth.

Senator Hughes took the opportunity of a budget hearing with State Treasurer Joe Torsella to address a housing discrimination problem in Philadelphia and ask for the Treasurer’s help.

January 2018

Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Hughes talked about the need for education funding, schools in good repair, and the Pennsylvania Promise.

Senator Hughes has joined with fellow lawmakers and supporters of a plan called the “Pennsylvania Promise.” They say it’s a way to spur the state’s economic growth by making sure more students can attend college.

Winter weather is here, and Senator Hughes is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.