OUR MAN IN PA
On Tuesday, state Rep. Brian Sims was sworn into office
as Pennsylvania’s first openly gay elected official.
He joins Rep. Mike Fleck, a incumbent Republican from Huntingdon County who revealed he was gay after winning reelection in 2012.
Sims, 34, beat incumbent Rep. Babette Josephs in the Democratic primary, but ran unopposed in the general election. “The tide has changed. 2012 will go down in history as when being anti-gay puts you in the minority,” he said at his swearing-in ceremony.
Prieviously, Sims, 34, was an attorney and board president of Equality Pennsylvania.
I was very fortunate to hear this young man speak a couple years ago at the college where I teach in south central PA. He is, in fact, very nice looking and quite charming. On hearing him speak, his looks and charm soon receded into the background behind his logic, clarity, considerable intellect, and obvious concern for those to whom he might be of assistance in some way. He is so very impressive that I cannot begin to imagine that he does not have a wonderful career ahead of him not as just a politician, but as a true statesman and public servant–a genuine rarity today.