Student, Temple University.
The district includes Springfield Township and Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County, as well as West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, University City, Roxborough, Manayunk, and East Falls. He is currently the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. His spokesperson, Ben Waxman, became a candidate for the Pennsylvania House in 2016.
Vincent Hughes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James and Ann (née Adams) Hughes.
After attending Temple University, he worked as library administrator at the University of Pennsylvania and was an official of District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In 1984, Hughes unsuccessfully ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 190th District, losing to longtime incumbent James Barber in the Democratic primary.
After Chaka Fattah resigned to run for the United States. House of Representatives, Hughes was elected to succeed him as State Senator from the 7th District in a special election on November 21, 1994. He was elected Minority Chair of the Appropriations Committee in 2011.
In February 2012, Hughes voted in favor of House Bill 1950.
Hughes previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 190th District from 1987 to 1995. As a member of the State House, he served as chairman the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994. As a member of the State Senate, he has served as Deputy Minority Whip (2005-2006), Minority Caucus Secretary (2007-2008), Minority Caucus Chair (2009-2010).
Married Renee Cardwell, 1988. Children: Ariell, Alek.