PHILADELPHIA — One of Pennsylvania’s most outspoken elected officers just lately introduced he’s operating for lieutenant governor.
State Rep. Brian Sims just lately stated he will likely be seeking to take over the seat held by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who introduced he’s operating for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Toomey, who introduced he won’t search reelection.
Sims, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s 182nd district in Philadelphia, made the announcement Monday.
“After 10 years in the State House, I’ve taken the lessons that my parents taught me and reinforced them in my work as a legislator: to take responsibility, commit to service, be courageous, and push for fairness,” he stated in his announcement. “I’m ready to take these values from representing our state’s largest city to leading the Commonwealth.”
Sims, 42, was born in Washington DC and grew up in Downingtown the place he graduated from Downingtown High School. He later performed soccer at Bloomsburg University and went on to earn his juris doctorate from Michigan State University School of Law.
He was elected to the state home in 2012 and is the primary overtly homosexual member of the state legislature.
During his time in office, Sims has been a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ neighborhood however has created controversy together with his social media use.
In 2013, he launched laws that may legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and fought to ban homosexual conversion remedy within the state.
Despite being vehemently against President Donald Trump and his insurance policies, Sims known as a cartoon of Trump and Vladimir Putin showing as lovers homophobic.
Sims has served because the prime sponsor of 68 payments or resolutions, of those, one invoice has progressed to be debated on the home flooring, and 9 resolutions have been handed.
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On social media, Sims has drawn ire for some posts.
In 2019, he shared a roughly eight-minute lengthy video of a confrontation with Planned Parenthood protesters. Republicans decried the video and accused sims of a “non-apology” for a subsequent video he shared on Facebook.
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And in 2018, Sims shared a photograph of himself together with his center finger to the digital camera, saying it was a message to Vice President Mike Pence.
“Let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District! We’re a City of soaring diversity,” he stated on Twitter. “We believe in the power of all people: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So…get bent, then get out!”
The 2020 common election, Sims defeated simply Republican challenger Drew Murray, 34,225 votes to six,969 votes.