Patricia Hernandez’s story is the California story. She grew up poor, to immigrant parents who sought a better life for their kids. Their values: a strong work ethic, devotion to education, and determination in the face of difficult circumstances.
Starting before she was a kindergartener, Patricia would accompany her mom to housecleaning jobs and, despite her age, act as translator. It was the first of several roles where she gave a voice to others.
Patricia put herself through UCLA working odd jobs. She made the most of her opportunity, graduating with her degree in four years. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
For the past 12 years, Patricia’s voice has negotiated contracts for the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. She speaks for medical providers as they seek more input into the delivery of quality patient care.
Patricia’s commutes two hours each way to her job. She makes the drive because she loves Rio Vista and loves her work at UAPD.
Patricia sees others battling the same traffic, losing precious time with their children. She knows many middle class families have dwindling economic opportunity in our small towns and it’s meant driving further for less pay.
In Sacramento, Patricia will fight to rebuild our public infrastructure—roads, schools, healthcare—and bring jobs and businesses back to California.
She’ll be the strongest voice in Sacramento for women’s rights.
Patricia and her husband, Jerry, have two adult children, a young son and two grandchildren. Born and raised in Pittsburg, CA, Jerry is a former U.S. Marine who has served in law enforcement for over 30 years. He currently works for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.