Jose Hernandez

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Jose Hernandez
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 10
Bachelor'sUniversity of the Pacific
Master'sUniversity of California-Santa Barbara
Date of birth1962
Place of birthFrench Camp, California
ProfessionAstronaut and engineer
Campaign website
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Jose Hernandez was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election.[1]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Hernandez one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[2]


Hernandez was born in French Camp, California, in 1962.[3]


  • University of the Pacific, Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • University of California-Santa Barbara, Master’s Degree in Engineering


Hernandez is an engineer and a former NASA astronaut.[4]


Campaign themes


Hernandez's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "In Congress, my first, second and third priorities will be getting Californians back to work. With unemployment higher in the Central Valley than anywhere else in the state, our representative in Washington must be focused on getting people back to work."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Social Security is a promise, and it’s a promise I will keep when I am elected to Congress. When I think of the benefits of Social Security, I think of my parents and the commitment that we made to them. It is simply unfair to change the rules on people who have been paying into the program for decades just because Washington can’t balance its own budget."
  • Veterans and Military Families
Excerpt: "I have the highest respect for those who serve our country and those who served before them. They risk their lives to protect our way of life. In Congress, I will honor that service and sacrifice by protecting their interests."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "There is no single solution to our rising energy costs. Over the long term, we must switch to cleaner fuels and increase efficiency. Doing so will not just save us money and break our dependence on foreign oil; it will drastically improve the environment we all share. We have seen that, over time, the quality of air in our Valley has continued to decline and we must turn that around."
  • Water
Excerpt: "Water is one of the Central Valley’s most vital resources. It is important that we work hard to find ways to make sure that water continues to come to the Valley to support our farms while also understanding the concerns of others. In Washington, I will work with other members from the Central Valley to put together a plan that addresses needs and concerns of everyone in the Central Valley."



See also: California's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hernandez ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 10th District. He and district 19 incumbent Jeff Denham (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Mike Barkley (D), Chad Condit (Ind), and Troy Wayne McComak (Ind). They faced off in the general election November 6, 2012, and Denham won.[1][6][7]

U.S. House, California District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Denham Incumbent 52.7% 110,265
     Democratic Jose Hernandez 47.3% 98,934
Total Votes 209,199
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Hernandez's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hernandez did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hernandez's campaign committee raised a total of $1,758,387 and spent $1,754,481.[8]

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