|Rep. Brian K. Sims
182nd Legislative District
Sims sworn in to legislature
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., the first out gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, was sworn in to office Tuesday.
"I am honored and humbled to represent Philadelphia and the constituents of the 182nd Legislative District, and to serve as their voice in Harrisburg," Sims said. "While I recognize that I am a freshman legislator in the minority party in Harrisburg, jobs, sustainable development, public transportation, tax reform, and certainly civil rights are all important issues that I hope to address."
The ceremonial swearing-in at the state Capitol, which is held on the first Tuesday of the year as required by the Pennsylvania Constitution, marked the beginning of the 197th session of the General Assembly. Sims made history on Dec. 1, when he officially took office as one of Pennsylvania’s first openly gay members of the General Assembly. He was quickly joined by state Rep. Mike Fleck, R-Huntingdon, who came out in a newspaper article later that day.
Sims, a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia, is the former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. He recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s LGBT advocacy organization and as chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP).
Sims earned a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor degree in international and comparative law from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Sims and his district staff can be reached temporarily by calling 484-876-1820 or emailing him through the "Contact Me" page on his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Sims. Details about the opening of his Philadelphia office, and contact information, will be released in the near future. In addition to his website, Sims also provides information to constituents through his Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/RepBrianSims and http://twitter.com/repsims.
The 182nd Legislative District includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan Squares, the Gayborhood, and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Graduate Hospital and Grays Ferry.