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Edward Hernandez

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Edward Hernandez
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California State Senate District 24
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University
Ph.D.Indiana State University
Place of birthLa Puente, CA
Office website
Edward Hernandez is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Hernandez is an Adjunct Professor of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry, and an optometrist. He is the former President of the California Board of Optometry and California Optometric Association.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hernandez served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions, and Economic Development
Governance and Finance
Governmental Organization
Health, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hernandez served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hernandez served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:


Political Courage test

Hernandez did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Hernandez ranked as a 78.[5]

Hernandez's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 26 - Public contracts: bid preferences
  • AB 681 - Confidentiality of medical information
  • AB 1126 - The Public Employees' Health Care Act

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Hernandez was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead ran for the district 24 seat of the California State Senate. Hernandez won uncontested in both the primary and general election.[6]


In 2008 Hernandez was elected to the California State Assembly District 57. Hernandez (D) finished with 71,953 votes while his opponent Victor Saldana (R) finished with 36,576 votes.[7]

California State Assembly District 57
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Edward Hernandez (D) 71,953
Victor Saldana (R) 36,576

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hernandez is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Hernandez raised a total of $2,477,365 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[8]

Edward Hernandez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $836,669
2010 California State Senate, District 24 Won $868,543
2008 California State Assembly, District 57 Won $117,414
2006 California State Assembly, District 57 Won $654,739
Grand Total Raised $2,477,365


Hernandez was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hernandez raised a total of $836,669.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Edward Hernandez's campaign in 2012
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16$10,800
United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals$9,800
California State Council of Laborers$8,700
California Dental Association$7,900
California Association of Health Underwriters$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$836,669
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, Hernandez raised $755,078 in contributions. [9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Local Societies Of The California Optometric Association (Lscoa-Pac) $15,600
California Optometric Association $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
California Teachers Association $11,700


Below are Hernandez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Professional Fire Fighters $8,256
Walgreens $6,600
CA Dental Assoc $6,450
CA Defense Counsel $5,100
United Health Care Workers West $4,700

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gloria J. Romero
California State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 57
Succeeded by
Roger Hernandez