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Brian Sims
Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia).jpg
Pa. House of Representatives Official Portrait
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 182nd district
Assumed office
December 1, 2012
Preceded by Babette Josephs
Personal details
Born September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16) (ageĀ 43)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Residence Philadelphia
Alma mater Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (B.S.)
Michigan State University (J.D.)
Rep. Brian Sims
Sims with Ilyse Hogue

Brian K. Sims was the first college American football captain to come out as gay. He is also the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Life

Sims's parents were both colonels in the U.S. Army. He has a twin brother, an older brother, and a younger sister. He went to high school in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Sims has a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also has a juris doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.

At Bloomsburg, Sims was the captain of the 2000 National Championship Division II football team. He was a first-string defensive tackle. He became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history.

Sims was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 182nd District. Sims was the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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