The 2022 race for Lieutenant Governor has begun.
On Monday morning, state Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) released a video announcing his candidacy for Lt. Governor.
“I think everyday about the values that my Army officer parents instilled in me,” Sims says in the video announcement. “To take responsibility, to show empathy, to have courage, and to be authentic.”
“I want to put those values to the direct service of the Commonwealth,” he continues.
After 10 years in the State House, I’ve taken the lessons that my parents taught me & reinforced them in my work as a legislator: to take responsibility, commit to service, be courageous, & push for fairness.
I’m ready to take these values to lead the Commonwealth. pic.twitter.com/lcNmYQghgr
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) February 15, 2021
Sims was first elected to the state House in 2012 by defeating longtime incumbent Rep. Babette Josephs in the Democratic primary for the 182nd House District. He fended off primary challenges during the two most recent presidential elections. In 2016, he secured the Democratic Party nomination by garnering 40% of the vote in a four candidate primary. In 2020, he defeated Marisa Shaaban by 16 points in the Democratic primary.
“My time in the Pennsylvania legislature has taught me a lot about not only how Pennsylvania government works, but a lot about how it doesn’t,” Sims continues in the video announcement. “It’s taught me a lot about how to work with people who don’t always agree with me.”
“I think it’s time for me to take what I’ve learned in the House and to be able to bring that leadership to the direct service of the Governor,” Sims said. “I want to be your next Lieutenant Governor.”
“We need adults in the room and I want to bring bold, visionary leadership based on lived experiences and shared values to the Commonwealth,” he continued.
Sims was the first openly gay person elected as state rep in Pennsylvania. He has a reputation of being a progressive lawmaker and backed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential candidacy during the 2020 Democratic primary. He received backlash from local and national Republicans in 2019 after he posted a video on social media of himself berating a handful of protesters at a Planned Parenthood in his district, accusing them of shaming people who are going into the facility.
Sims currently serves on the following committees in the state House: Game & Fisheries, Human Services, State Government, and Tourism & Recreational Development.