Daniel Hernández Jr.

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Daniel Hernández
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Hernandez in 2011
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Serving with Rosanna Gabaldon
Preceded byJ. Christopher Ackerley
Personal details
Born (1990-01-25) January 25, 1990 (age 29)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Arizona
WebsiteCampaign website

Daniel Hernández Jr. (born January 25, 1990) is an American politician, who was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in the 2016 elections.[1] A member of the Arizona Democratic Party, he serves alongside Rosanna Gabaldón in Legislative District 2.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hernandez was born in 1990 to Daniel Hernandez Sr. and Consuelo Quiñones Hernandez, a struggling working-class family in Tucson, Arizona.[2] He has two younger sisters, Consuelo and Alma.[3]

In 2008 Hernandez volunteered for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and for Gabrielle Giffords' re-election campaign.[4] He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008 and started at the University of Arizona in the fall.[5] In 2011, while a student at the University of Arizona, Hernandez started an internship with the office of Gabby Giffords. During the first week of his internship, Hernandez was helping out at a "Congress on your Corner" event, which ended in an attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords. After Giffords was shot in the head, Hernandez immediately thought that the head injury might cause her to choke on her own blood, so he held her up and stanched the bleeding with his hand until employees from inside the nearby grocery store brought him clean smocks.[4] In doing so, he is credited with saving the Congresswoman's life.[6] Later that year, he was elected to the board of the Sunnyside Unified School District.[7][8]


In 2016, Hernández ran for the Arizona House of Representatives. He and Democratic incumbent Rosanna Gabaldon defeated Republican incumbent J. Christopher Ackerley in the general election with Hernandez receiving 32,651 votes. Hernandez and Gabaldon had previously defeated Aaron Baumann in the Democratic primary.[9] He is one of four openly gay members of the Arizona State Legislature, alongside Robert Meza, Tony Navarrete and Cesar Chavez,[10] and is a co-founder of the LGBT Caucus in Arizona.[7][11]

Hernandez endorsed a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.[12]


  1. ^ a b "A day of drama: Here is a rundown of who won, who lost in Tuesday’s election". Arizona Capitol Times, November 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Note to Self: Daniel Hernandez Jr". CBS News. February 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Daniel Hernandez Jr. calm and mature since he was a child". Tucson.com. January 20, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Daniel Hernandez: The Intern Who Helped Rescue Giffords". TIME. January 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sunnyside alum Daniel Hernandez, Jr. to be honored by district". Tucson KOLD. February 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Intern's memoir recalls Giffords shooting". CNN. February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Meet the Candidates: Arizona's Daniel Hernandez". The Advocate, November 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "GEMS ELECTION RESULTS". webcms.pima.gov. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2016 General Election November 8, 2016" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "After Phoenix Pride, LGBT political representation is a yearlong issue". The State Press, April 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "In Arizona, Advocating For The LGBTQ Community Starts In Local Politics". NPR.org. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  12. ^ http://www.thedailychronic.net/2016/62532/arizona-school-officials-endorse-marijuana-legalization-initiative-205/

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