Tony Hernandez

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Tony Hernandez
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison (2001)
Date of birth01/22/1979
Place of birthSaint Paul, MN
Campaign website
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Tony Hernandez was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Minnesota. Previously, he was a Republican candidate for District 64 of the Minnesota State Senate.


Hernandez is a second generation Mexican-American born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is worked in the mortgage finance industry.[1]


  • Operations Manager, Local Electrical Equipment Company
  • Consultant, Mortgage Financing Industry[2]



See also: Minnesota's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hernandez ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 4th District. He defeated Ron Seiford in the Republican primary and lost to Democratic incumbent Betty McCollum in the November general election.[3]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 62.3% 216,685
     Republican Tony Hernandez 31.5% 109,659
     Independence Steve Carlson 6.1% 21,135
     NA Write-in 0.1% 512
Total Votes 347,991
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On October 5, 2012, Hernandez launched the following ad which targeted incumbent Betty McCollum.

Tony Hernandez, "Rep. McCollum is part of the problem"[4]

Campaign issues

The issues below are highlighted on Hernandez's campaign website.

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "In many ways Congress is stifling job growth through excessive taxation, too many regulations, and the uncertainty caused by annual debt ceiling debates. How can we expect our businesses to grow and create jobs when they are uncertain about tax rates, new regulations, and the national debt?"[5]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "Tony realizes we live in a global economy and we need to reform our tax structure and regulatory environment to attract the best companies to invest and create jobs in America. Excessive taxes and regulations kill jobs right here in Minnesota."[6]

  • Medicare

Excerpt: "In Congress, Tony will fight for and ensure that Medicare remains solvent for our seniors and those nearing retirement. Tony will also work for reforms that will ensure that proper care, whether through Medicare or through a more efficient and sustainable system, is available for future generations."[7]

  • Healthcare Reform

Excerpt: "Proponents of the Affordable Care Act claim that the law will lower the cost of health insurance and increase the number of people covered. Tony is worried that the law will not achieve its intended objectives and it will ruin the successful health care model we already have in Minnesota."[8]

  • Welfare Reform

Excerpt: "As your Congressman, Tony will strive to achieve welfare reform, which will result in lifting people and families out of the poverty cycle while still assisting them as they move towards financial independence."[9]

  • Abortion

Excerpt: "The right to life is a core principle described both within the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. As your U.S. Representative, Tony will work to protect the natural right to life from conception until natural death."[10]

  • War

Excerpt: "Tony does not support illegal wars. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that only Congress shall have the power to declare war. If we want to restore the American Dream and the United States Constitution, then Tony believes the Constitution must be enforced as the supreme law of the land."[11]


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Hernandez had no opponent in the primary. He was defeated by incumbent Dick Cohen (DFL) in the general election.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hernandez's reports.[12]

Tony Hernandez (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$0.00$16,680.59$(11,654.33)$5,026.26
Pre-Primary Report[14]August 2, 2012$5,026.26$5,700.60$(5,356.35)$5,370.51
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$5,026.26$21,835.29$(15,693.13)$11,168.42
Running totals

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Hernandez is married to his wife, Leona.[16]

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