Majority Whip Roger Hernández has been serving the people of the 57th Assembly District since he was first elected in November 2010. His duties and responsibilities include representing the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, La Puente, West Covina, Irwindale, Industry, and the San Gabriel Valley unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Bassett, Charter Oak, Citrus, East Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, North Whittier, Ramona and Valinda.
The Speaker of the Assembly has called upon Hernández to serve as Majority Whip for the Assembly in addition to serving as Chair of the Select Committee on Low High School Matriculation Rates. Hernández was recently appointed to the Governmental Organization Committee and maintains his membership on the Committee on Banking and Finance, the Health Committee, the Utilities and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife.
Hernandez has been a tireless champion of key policy issues, both in the Assembly and as a local elected official. As an Assemblymember for the people of the San Gabriel Valley, Hernandez has sent over a dozen bills to the Governor, 11 of which were signed into law. These new laws championed by Hernandez include added protections for senior citizens against identity theft, mandating health insurance coverage for maternity services, ameliorating budget cuts to schools by increasing access to school grant funds, expanding Hepatitis C testing, as well as championing the creation of resources for groundwater clean-up.
As a Councilmember, Hernández was also at the forefront of the creation of a city-run ambulanceservice. By creating this much needed service, the city of West Covina was not only able to cut emergency response times, but also generate cost-savings and revenues for the city while enhancing the city’s emergency services to the public. In addition, his focus on health and wellness issues was clearly demonstrated through his tireless effort to create the award winning Cameron Park Gymnasium and Community Center.
As Majority Whip for the Assembly Hernández has worked with the Speaker and his colleagues in the Legislature on rebuilding the state’s world-class education system for our children; promoting health and wellness issues; creating jobs; breaking the state budget gridlock by advocating for long-term fixes for Californians; and protecting open spaces so residents of the San Gabriel Valley can have the quality of life that they so richly deserve.
Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Hernández was a Professor of Government at Rio Hondo and Citrus Community Colleges. He served as Mayor and as a Councilmember for the City of West Covina. Prior to his tenure on the City Council, Hernández was elected to the Rowland Unified School Board were he served form November 1999 through July 2003.
As a son of immigrant parents in a working-class household, Hernández was the first in his family to pursue higher education goals beyond high school, by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree inPolitical Science from the University of California-Riverside, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Master’s in Governance Certificate from the California School Boards Association (CSBA).