Hernandez Replaces Alquist as California Senate Health Committee Chair for the 2011-12 Session

Chad Outler | December 07, 2010

Dec. 7, 2010 -- The Los Angeles Times' Patrick McGreevy reports that California State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has selected Ed Hernandez (D-East Los Angeles) to replace Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) as chairman of the Senate Health Committee for the 2011-12 legislative session. Hernandez represents the 24th Senate District and previously represented the 57th Assembly District last session.

According to his Senate campaign website, Dr. Hernandez is an optometrist, as is his wife Diane. Sen. Hernandez also served on the Assembly Health Committee.

The following are the top ten contributors to Hernandez's campaign by interest group:

Health Professionals$131,258
General Trade Unions$109,500
Public Sector Unions$104,455
Pharmaceuticals & Health Products   
Lawyers & Lobbyists$31,334
Real Estate$25,550
Retail Sales$21,250
Beer, Wine & Liquor$21,200
Telecom Services & Equipment$21,040

Contributions above are for the last four years of available data, Jul 1, 2006 - Jun 30, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (