|Edward P. Hernández|
|Member of the California Senate
from the 24th district
December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Gloria Romero|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 57th district
December 4, 2006 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Ed Chavez|
|Succeeded by||Roger Hernandez|
October 17, 1957 |
|Residence||West Covina, California|
|Alma mater||Indiana University
California State University, Fullerton
Edward P. Hernández (born October 17, 1957) is a California State Senate member and Democrat representing the 24th district since 2010. 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 reached his term limit. The district includes the cities of Azusa Baldwin Park Covina, La Puente, and West Covina. Hernández is a native of La Puente and he graduated from Bassett High School. Hernández earned his bachelors 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 priority is working toward to provide health insurance for the uninsured in California. 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, and they have two daughters. The Hernández family resides in Azusa.
In 2010, Hernández ran a successful campaign for the California State Senate, to represent the 24th Senate district.
State Senator Hernandez's standing on SCA5
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 deny an individual or group's rights to public education on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. SCA5 is considered as "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.
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.
External Links (and source)
- Senator Ed Hernández of California
- "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.
- "Democrat Senator Hernandez: Return Racism to California—My Racist Policies are Good for Us".