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Rep. Brian Sims Launches Congressional Run And, In Turn, Becomes Even Sexier

10505034_700727186682062_3705420988114690830_oRep. Brian Sims has announced he will run for Congress.

Sims, who just turned 37, became the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2012. He currently represents Philadelphia’s City Center, a diverse district in the heart of the city with a booming LGBTQ presence.

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The former high school football jock turned lawyer/activist/lawmaker announced last week that he was launching an exploratory committee for a congressional run. One week later, he says he’s jumping into the race.

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“I’ve spent my life taking on big challenges in order to do what’s right,” Sims said in a statement. “Whether tackling gender and pay equity as a civil rights attorney, or standing up for justice reform in Harrisburg, I’ve never backed down from the big fights. And I never will.”

We wish him well.

Check out his announcement video below.