Hernandez with Monterey Park, California city officials in October 2015, from left to right: City Clerk Vincent Dionicio Chang, City Council Member Teresa Real Sebastian, Mayor Peter Chan, Hernández, City Council Member Hans Liang
|Member of the California State Senate
from the 22nd district
24th district (2010–2014)
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|
|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 22nd 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 Alhambra, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, La Puente, San Gabriel, 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 main legislative priorities are providing quality, affordable health care to residents 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 22nd Senate district. He is running unopposed in the 2014 election, and will be termed out of the Senate in 2018.
Hernández authored and introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment No.5 (SCA5), which 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. It was passed in the California Senate on Jan. 30, 2014. 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. The proposal led many to speculate the motive behind Hernandez's act.
- "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.
- "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).