Top Congressional Democrats Endorse Daniel Hernandez in Historic Bid for Congress

Reps. Norma Torres and Ritchie Torres endorse Hernandez for Congress, citing his courage, conviction, and dedication to working families

Tucson, AZ – Two top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have endorsed Daniel Hernandez in his historic bid for Congress in Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Hernandez, a Democrat, earned the endorsements of Reps. Norma Torres (CA-35) and Ritchie Torres (NY-15).

These early endorsements are a reflection of Hernandez’s career-long commitment to Arizona’s working families, and this campaign for congress’s early momentum. Hernandez’s viral launch video for his campaign has already received more than a quarter of a million views online. He has already received endorsements from Boilermakers Local 627, Laborers Local 1184, Arizona Federation of Teachers, Equality PAC, and the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“I’m proud to have earned these endorsements from two outstanding leaders in Congress,” said Daniel Hernandez. “I have dedicated my life to service. From being elected the youngest school board president in my district’s history, to serving in the state legislature on behalf of working families, I’ve consistently fought to make sure the American Dream remains possible for everyone. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue that work on behalf of the people of Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.”

“Daniel Hernandez is a courageous and compassionate problem-solver,” said Rep. Norma Torres, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “Daniel is fueled by his tireless belief in peace, safety, and shared prosperity for all. Daniel will bring that passion with him to Congress to fight for affordable health care, common-sense gun safety, and to build an economy that works for everyone. I’m proud to stand with Daniel Hernandez and look forward to working with him as a trusted colleague in Congress.”

“Daniel Hernandez is a trailblazing champion for Arizona families,” said Rep. Ritchie Torres, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. “Daniel gets it: he’s seen firsthand the devastating cost of gun violence, and he knows what it’s like to struggle with the cost of critical health care. Daniel will be a powerful voice for working Arizonans and for everyone who has ever been counted out or left behind. I’m proud to endorse Daniel’s historic candidacy for the United States Congress.” 

About Daniel Hernandez

Daniel was born and raised in Tucson, his mother an immigrant from Mexico who came to the U.S. where she met Daniel’s father. A first-generation college student, Daniel attended the University of Arizona when he interned for then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and was there on the day of the tragic attack on her life which resulted in 6 deaths and 13 people injured. Daniel was the first to administer first aid to the Congresswoman before the EMTs arrived and was named a national hero by President Obama.

Inspired by Congresswoman Giffords’s commitment to public service, Daniel went on to advocate for access to reproductive health care and education as program manager for Raíz, Planned Parenthood’s Latino outreach program. He was also elected to his local school board, where he became the youngest school board president in the district’s history.

Since 2017, Daniel has served in the Arizona State House from District 2 and is a co-founder of the House LGBTQ caucus. In the House, he has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass bills protecting survivors of sexual assault and secure $20 million for school resource officers, counselors, and social workers. He also led the fight against legislation that would discriminate against LGBTQ Arizonans.

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