Sims was recently re-elected to a fifth term representing a portion of downtown Philadelphia. He is a longtime civil rights advocate and was the first openly LGBTQ member of the Pennsylvania Legislature when elected in 2012.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, who was the first openly LGBTQ member of the Legislature when elected in 2012, announced on Monday that he is running for lieutenant governor.
The races for governor and lieutenant governor will take place in 2022, but both are expected to get crowded with candidates this year. Gov. Tom Wolf will not be able to run again after serving two terms and incumbent Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has already announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat that incumbent Pat Toomey is retiring from when his term ends next year.
The open Senate and gubernatorial races in 2022 mean that this year will be a busy one for political hopefuls vying for the most coveted elected offices in Pennsylvania. The state’s other U.S. Senate seat is held by Bob Casey, who is not up for re-election until 2024.