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.