During his time in the House, Briggs has become a strong progressive voice, especially for children. He has consistently advocated for public education and early childhood education, and he has introduced legislation focused on improving the lives of children and strengthening Pennsylvania for the future. As a freshman lawmaker, he was able to get a law enacted that helps keep siblings in foster care together when they are placed into foster homes.
Briggs was also successful in authoring legislation that has addressed the dangers student athletes face from concussions, improved the gender equity in school sports and required suicide awareness and education training for our educators. He has also introduced bills to implement anti-bullying policies in our public schools, protect children from accessing firearms, and increase transparency of campaign finances. He has taken the lead on addressing our throwaway society and recycling habits through the “Zero Waste PA” package of legislation.
Briggs serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He previously served as chairman of the House Health Committee, the vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Transportation, Professional Licensure, Tourism and Recreational Development, Finance, Environmental Resources and Energy, Local Government, State Government and Children and Youth committees. He also served as the Democratic chairman for the subcommittee on courts as well as the family law subcommittee within the Judiciary Committee, the Democratic chairman on the transportation safety subcommittee within the Transportation Committee, and the Democratic chairman of the 2012 Task Force on Property Tax Reform. In addition, Briggs serves as the co-chair of the Life Sciences Caucus, the Arts & Culture Caucus, and the Brain Injury Caucus.
He was a proud member of the Green Dog Caucus, a strong coalition of environmentally conscientious legislators in the House, and a founding member of the House Climate Caucus and he has previously been ranked the top environmental legislator in Pennsylvania by the Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter.
Briggs has always been committed to serving his community. He has served as a volunteer firefighter at Jefferson Fire Company in West Norriton Township and served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Montgomery County. Before serving in the House, he was an advisor to then-Congressman Joe Hoeffel and state Senator Connie Williams and was the political director of the Bonner Group, a national progressive non-profit and Democratic political fundraising firm. He has been an associate at the law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin since 2007.
Currently, Briggs serves on the board of directors for the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation, a statewide organization dedicated to providing scholarships, stipends and internships to Pennsylvania students with an interest in state government. He is vice chairman of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, a member of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Authority board and the Norristown Farm Park Advisory Committee. Briggs is the House Democratic appointee to the Board of Governors to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board.
Briggs holds a political science degree from West Chester University and a law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.