|Member of the California State Senate
from the 22nd district
24th district (2010–2014)
December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Gloria Romero|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 57th district
December 4, 2006 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Ed Chavez|
|Succeeded by||Roger Hernandez|
|Born||Edward Paul Hernandez
October 17, 1957
|Residence||West Covina, California|
|Alma mater||Indiana University
California State University, Fullerton
Edward Paul "Ed" Hernández (born October 17, 1957) is an American optometrist and California State Senator who has represented the 24th Senate district since 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, he serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health for the California State Senate. Previously, he served in the California Assembly, representing the 57th Assembly District from 2006 until 2010, when he ran for an open Senate seat. The district includes the cities of Azusa Baldwin Park Covina, La Puente, and West Covina.
Personal life and career
Hernández is a native of La Puente and he graduated from Bassett High School. Hernández earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton and he earned his optometry degree from Indiana University. In 2000 and 2001, Hernández served as president of the California Optometric Association. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he was President of the California Board of Optometry.
Hernández has stated that his main legislative priorities are providing health insurance for the uninsured in California, increasing access to health care for all Californians, and implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He has donated his time and skills from his training to the community by providing free eye care to low-income children and working with the local schools to examine the eyes of thousands of school children. He also has given free care to at-risk diabetic patients.
Hernández is married to Diane, also an optometrist. He has one daughter from that marriage, and one from a previous marriage. The Hernández family resides in Azusa.
In 2010, Hernández ran a successful campaign for the California State Senate, to represent the 24th Senate district. He is running unopposed in the 2014 election, and will be termed out of the Senate in 2018.
The Senate Constitutional Amendment No.5 (SCA5) was authored and introduced by State Senator Edward Hernandez. It was passed in the California Senate on Jan. 30, 2014. It proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the State to repeal portions of California Proposition 209, in order to allow the State of California to consider race in student admissions. SCA5 is considered by some to be "the most racist bill in California history". California Proposition 209 prohibits state government institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity, specifically in the areas of public employment, public contracting, and public education. Proposition 209 is considered by others to be a proposition which has resulted in low minority enrollment.  and to have been driven by racial divisions 
In 2011 Hernandez authored the controversial Senate Bill 185, which was also an attempt to repeal Prop. 209. SB185 passed both legislative houses but was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he agreed with the goals of affirmative action but that it was up to the courts, not the Legislature, to limit Prop. 209.
- "WesternU lecture by Sen. Hernandez to focus on health care changes". Western University of Health Sciences. 2013-03-20.
- "Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (May 30, 2013)". 2014-02-25.
- "Senate Vote on SCA 5 (Jan 30, 2014)". 2014-02-24.
- "Most Racist Bill in California History? SCA 5 by Democrat Senator Hernandez—Forces Racism as Criteria to Entrance to UC Schools/ Limit Womens’ Enrollment As Well". 2014-02-24.
- "California Proposition 209: Minority Enrollments Down In UC Schools Despite Diversity Efforts".
- "The Revolution against Affirmative Action in California: Racism, Economics, and Proposition 209" (PDF).
- "Democrat Senator Hernandez: Return Racism to California—My Racist Policies are Good for Us".