Juan Hernandez (political advisor)

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Hernandez speaking at a rally for Gary Johnson in Phoenix, Arizona, 2016

Juan Hernandez is an American political advisor and an expert in Mexico–United States relations.[1] Hernandez has advised many leaders in State and Federal Governments in the United States, Mexico and Latin America including George W. Bush, Vicente Fox and John McCain.


Hernandez was born in Fort Worth, Texas, from a long line of Texans from Fort Worth, Burleson and Alvarado. His Mother, Mary Clay Senter went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to study Spanish and Art, and fell in love and married a Mexican law student, Francisco Hernandez. Together they created a Mexican American family dividing their time between Guanajuato and Fort Worth.

Hernandez completed his B.A. at the age of 19 at Lawrence University and his Doctorate at 25 at Texas Christian University (being one of the youngest graduates in the history of both institutions). After teaching at various universities and consulting for international corporations, Hernandez founded a Research Center at the University of Texas at Dallas and advised the UT Chancellor on programs for all UT universities in the Texas system.

Hernandez holds dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico. He was the first American citizen to serve in a Mexican presidential cabinet. He is a co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas.[2]

Hernandez continues advising international corporations and presidential hopefuls including Felipe Calderon (Mexico) in 2006, John McCain (US) in 2008, Juan Gutierrez (Guatemala) in 2011. In August 2016, Hernandez joined the presidential campaign of Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson as the chair of Hispanics for Johnson/Weld.[3] He has written and edited eight books on politics and poetry.


  1. ^ Wimberley, Mary (October 20, 2006). "U.S. Divided On Immigration Issues, Says Hernandez". 
  2. ^ Mejia, James (September 8, 2016). "Dr. Juan Hernández offers another option". La Voz Bilingüe. Thornton, CO. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Juan Hernandez Joins Campaign As Chair of Hispanics for Johnson Weld". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Leonardo Ffrench
1997 to 2000
Executive Director
Institute for Mexicans Abroad

2000 to 2003
Succeeded by
Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez
2003 to 2009