Daniel Hernandez Jr: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Daniel Hernandez Jr

Political Activist, Author, & Hero

Daniel Hernandez Jr. is a Tucson native and a recent graduate from the University of Arizona achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was a congressional intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District and while on the job assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. His medical training, quick thinking, and brave actions on that day have caused him to be celebrated as a true American hero, although he humbly rejects the title.

Hernandez was an honored guest of the President and First Lady during the 2011 State of the Union address. He also addressed President Obama and a crowd of more than 27,000 people and over 500 international media outlets at the “Tucson: Together we Thrive” memorial on January 12, 2011.

Hernandez has conducted more than 1100 media interviews in English and Spanish with local, state, national and international outlets. Appearances include: ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, The Fox Report, Univision’s Al Punto, BBC World Service’s Outlook program, GQ, NPR’s Tell Me More, Time, People, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, CBS’s Early Show, and the Washington Post. Hernandez has also received numerous awards from a variety of organizations

Hernandez began his activism in 2007 working on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In 2008 he worked on the Gabrielle Giffords congressional campaign. In 2010 he directed the successful campaign to re-elect State Representative Steve Farley who currently serves as assistant minority leader in the Arizona State House. As campaign manager he managed all aspects of the campaign including coordination with other candidates from legislative, statewide, and congressional races.

Dedicated to public service and advocacy Hernandez has served as a member on the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT issues. He served as a director on the Arizona Students’ Association’s Board of Directors and advocated for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans. At the University of Arizona, he served in leadership positions with the Residence Hall Association and the Arizona Students’ Association. He attended public schools in Tucson’s Sunnyside Unified School District where he received his training in certified nursing and phlebotomy.

Since 2011 Hernandez has been serving on the Sunnyside Unified District’s governing board after his election to that office. Fighting for quality education and to work on solving inequities in his district which is a minority majority district with over 90% of students on free or reduced lunch and many at or below the federal poverty level.

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