Daniel Hernandez Jr., is a Southern Arizona native and was recently named the 2015 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Man of the Year. As a first generation college student, Hernandez was a congressional intern for the office of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. While assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, he took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the Congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people.
Hernandez was elected to the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing board in November 2011 and most recently served as president. In that role, he was successful in creating a 5 year strategic plan, opened new K-8 fine arts magnet school, vetted and hired a new superintendent, as well as accomplished a comprehensive sex education lesson plan and secured grant funding for implementation. He has served as a member on the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT issues. He has also served on the board of directors for the Arizona Students’ Association, as a fellow for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, and on the board of Jobs for Arizona's Graduates.
Driven by passion for social justice and public service, Hernandez has worked on many issues at the state, local, and federal level including: gun violence prevention, LGBT equality, comprehensive immigration reform, and educational equity. Hernandez is committed to fighting for the prosperity of our families and community in Arizona.