On the Issues

Celebrating a Historic Milestone for PA Public Defense

Celebrating a Historic Milestone for PA Public Defense

Senator Hughes recently hosted a press conference with fellow lawmakers and legal leaders from across Pennsylvania to recognize a historic milestone for Pennsylvania public defense and the overall equality of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system. The state...

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Fighting for Investments in Teachers!

Fighting for Investments in Teachers!

Senator Hughes recently brought together a large coalition of lawmakers, teachers, students, education leaders, and advocates to talk about teacher shortages and what we can all do to support new and existing teachers.This is a call to action. We need more teachers. -...

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Cheyney Strong!

Cheyney Strong!

Senator Hughes recently stood with leaders, alumni, and students at Cheyney University to stand up for the integrity and legacy of the school, and fight back against the unfair and unwarranted Middle States decision to put the University on probation.All evidence...

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Keeping Neighborhoods Affordable

Keeping Neighborhoods Affordable

Senator Hughes Celebrates a Brand New Housing Program Senator Hughes recently celebrated $98M in affordable housing investments that will go toward preserving and building new affordable rental units. He gathered state, local, and federal lawmakers and leaders at...

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Lincoln Pride

Lincoln Pride

Celebrating Investments in PA State-Related Universities with the Lincoln U Freedom 14Senator Hughes joined Governor Shapiro, Senator Carolyn Comitta, Rep. Jordan Harris, and other lawmakers at Lincoln University for the signing of legislation for state-related...

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More Affordable Housing for More People in Pennsylvania

More Affordable Housing for More People in Pennsylvania

Let's Double Down, Triple Down Senator Hughes joined Mission First Housing Group for the grand re-opening of Monument Village, a 60-apartment affordable housing development in West Philadelphia. He celebrated the grand re-opening with tenants and called for lawmakers...

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Investing in East Falls

Investing in East Falls

Senator Hughes joined Rep. Tarik Khan and Rep. Roni Green to present the East Falls Development Corp. with over $200,000 to help with streetscaping and revitalization in the area. The state funds will be used to add new benches, bike racks, trash receptacles, and...

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Investing in the Historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course

Investing in the Historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course

And Supporting African American Golfers in PennsylvaniaSenator Hughes joined elected officials including Representative Morgan Cephas and Mayor Jim Kenney to break ground on a new project to revitalize the historic Cobbs Creek golf course and build a new Tiger Woods...

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Celebrating the History of Jazz in Philadelphia

Celebrating the History of Jazz in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a strong history with the legacy of jazz and is home to many great jazz legends. Musicians like Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, and Butch Ballard all have strong connections to city of Philadelphia and West Philadelphia in particular. Senator Hughes...

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Calling for Fast and Aggressive Climate Action

Calling for Fast and Aggressive Climate Action

#ActNow on ClimateSenator Hughes joined Penn Environment in Love Park to speak about the urgency of the climate crisis and call for action now. Senator Hughes recently signed a letter with 75+ state and local officials to support aggressive climate action from...

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Stop the Gun Violence

Stop the Gun Violence

One Step Away from Commonsense Gun LawsSenator Hughes was joined by Senators Jimmy Dillon, Art Haywood, Tim Kearney, the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and community leaders to call attention to two commonsense gun bills that are one step...

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National Night Out

National Night Out

Communities Making a Difference TogetherSenator Hughes celebrated National Night Out at 5 different neighborhoods around the district including Carroll Park, Parkside, Mantua, East Falls, and Strawberry Mansion. National Night Out was celebrated across the country on...

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Fund Our Schools Equitably and Adequately

Fund Our Schools Equitably and Adequately

When it comes to our schools, with a $9B surplus, a $5.1B Rainy Day Fund, a Commonwealth Court decision, and no Republican appeals, we should fund our schools NOW! If not now, when? In February, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that our public school...

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All About Education

All About Education

Supporting Students and Teachers in the 7th District
Senator Hughes has been busy in the district visiting schools and introducing legislation to financially compensate future teachers.

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STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE: Pass commonsense gun laws now!

STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE: Pass commonsense gun laws now!

Commonsense gun laws are one step away in PAThe Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed two, commonsense gun bills that would make communities throughout the commonwealth safer. The bills- HB1018 and HB 714- would: 1. Create a “Red Flag...

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Investing $100 Million for Affordable Housing!

Investing $100 Million for Affordable Housing!

“This is a big deal.” - Senator Hughes Yesterday, I held a press conference at the New Courtland Apartments on Henry Avenue to highlight $100 million dollars that is now available through the Housing Options Program for the preservation and construction of new...

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Apply Today for Student Loan Debt Relief!

Apply Today for Student Loan Debt Relief!

During my time serving the people of the 7th senatorial district, I’ve been fighting to make higher education more affordable and less of a financial burden for families. Whether it’s working to launch the Keystone Scholars program, or pushing for the Pennsylvania...

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APPLY TODAY: Applications Now Open for Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Program

APPLY TODAY: Applications Now Open for Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Program

When it comes to preventing violence in cities and towns across the commonwealth, my colleagues and I made a key investment with the passing of the ’22-’23 budget:  $105 million for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.

It takes an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat violence in Pennsylvania, and community-based groups and initiatives are doing tremendous work on the local level.

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Read 2 Succeed Turns 10 This Summer

Read 2 Succeed Turns 10 This Summer

Program’s first students are now entering college, or the job market, better prepared With great partners, parents and eager students, the Read 2 Succeed program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer. More than 400 young students have already signed up and...

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New PA Budget Delivers Historic Education Investment

New PA Budget Delivers Historic Education Investment

$1.1 billion increase, much of it through ‘Level Up’ to help disadvantaged schoolsIn a significant victory for allies and advocates, the state budget signed by Gov. Tom Wolf last week delivered historic new funding for education, capping off years of progress that...

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Deadline for Tax and Rent Relief Extended

Deadline for Tax and Rent Relief Extended

Each year, thousands who qualify fail to apply. Now they have until the end of the year.The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2022, the departments of...

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You’re Invited to an Open House on Saturday

You’re Invited to an Open House on Saturday

Breakfast, refreshments and lots of vital information will be available at my West Philadelphia District OfficeI’m hoping to see you this Saturday May 14 from 9 a.m. until noon for an Open House at my West Philadelphia District Office where you can meet my team and...

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Investing in Our Youth Through Sports in North Philadelphia

Investing in Our Youth Through Sports in North Philadelphia

Key state official visits ‘West Philly’s Main Street’ to chart a path forwardContinuing his focus on reinvesting in communities to revitalize neighborhoods, Senator Hughes guided a $2.5 million state investment to Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) for the...

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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