Diego Hernandez (politician)

Diego Hernandez (born 1986/87) is an American Democratic politician who served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2017 - 2021. He represented the 47th district, which covers parts of east Portland.

Diego Hernandez
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 47th district
In office
January 9, 2017 – March 15, 2021
Preceded byJessica Vega Pederson
Succeeded byAndrea Valderrama
Member of the Reynolds School District Board
Assumed office
2013
Personal details
Born1986/1987 (age 33–34)
Oregon
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePortland, Oregon
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
Portland State University

BiographyEdit

Hernandez graduated from Reynolds High School in Troutdale, and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and with a master's degree from Portland State University. He became a teacher and was elected to the Reynolds School District Board in 2012, becoming its first Hispanic member, on which he still serves despite being elected to the House.[1] Hernandez was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs in 2014.[2][3]

Hernandez was elected to the House in 2016 to succeed the retiring Jessica Vega Pederson, defeating Independent Party of Oregon candidate Michael Langley with 67% of the vote.[4][5][6]

Hernandez was accused of sexual harassment by seven women and has been asked to resign. After facing an investigation by Legislation, he was set to face a vote on expulsion.[7] He announced his resignation on Feb 22, 2021, before the vote could take place, though he remains in office until his resignation becomes effective on March 15, 2021.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Hernandez, who was 29 at the time of election, was the youngest person serving in the Oregon legislature. He is unmarried.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carson, Teresa (January 9, 2017). "Class is never over for schoolboard members". The Outlook. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Diego Hernandez's Biography". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "State Representative Diego Hernandez". Democratic Party of Oregon. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "November 8, 2016, General Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Davidson, Kate (January 9, 2017). "Then The Ladder Slipped: Oregon State Rep. Diego Hernandez". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Martin, Tarra (November 30, 2016). "Portland's Diego Hernandez Has Stood With Standing Rock, and Says the "Water Protectors" Aren't Going Anywhere". Willamette Week. Retrieved January 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Jayati Ramakrishnan (May 4, 2020). "Oregon lawmaker Diego Hernandez faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment, call to resign". OregonLive. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  8. ^ Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/OregonLive (2021-02-22). "Rep. Diego Hernandez, facing expulsion vote, resigns from Oregon Legislature: report". oregonlive. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  9. ^ "4 candidates in the running to fill Rep. Diego Hernandez's seat". opb. Retrieved 2021-03-08.

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