This year, Assemblymember Daly recognized Zeke Hernández as the 2019 Veteran of the Year for the 69th Assembly District.
Zeke Hernández served as a Specialist Fourth Class in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Bliss Base, Texas. He served his country during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968.
Zeke Hernandez was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2016 representing Trustee Area 1. He currently serves as chairperson of the Board Legislative Committee and member of the Board Facilities, Board Fiscal and Audit Review, and Board Policy Committees, and representative to the Orange County Community College Legislative Task Force.
Hernandez received his paralegal certificate from the Orange County Paralegal Institute. After attending Santa Ana College, he decided to dedicate his life to public, civic, and educational volunteer causes.
He participates in Santa Ana College's Santa Ana Partnership Committee and volunteers as Board President to the Achievement Institute for Scientific Studies (AISS) which prepares young high school students for their college studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.
His professional work experience includes SARB student attendance coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, Vice President of Responsive Educational Projects, paralegal with the Orange County law firm of attorneys Wally Davis and Rudy Montejano, Special Projects Manager for former California State Assemblyman Jose Solorio, and Interim Executive Director for SER – Jobs for Progress of Orange County.
He has served on the RSCCD Measure Q Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee as vice chair, President's Advisory Committee at California State University Fullerton, Chancellor's Advisory Committee for North Orange County Community College District, and President's Advisory Committees at Fullerton College and Cypress College.
Hernandez is committed to supporting educational construction projects. He assisted in two campaigns for successful voter-approved RSCCD construction bond measures (E and Q), two construction bond proposals for Santa Ana Unified School District, and construction bond measures for Anaheim Union High School District and Anaheim City Elementary School District.
His civic volunteer service includes serving on the Human Relations Commission (chair twice), Transportation Committee, Housing Advisory Committee, Police Chief's Community Advisory Committee for the City of Santa Ana, Orange County District Attorney's Community Advisory Commission, Orange County DREAM Team as a community advisor, Orange County NAACP as a member, and Santa Ana League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #147 as president.
Today, Hernandez serves as the vice chair of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation - responsible for working with the City of Irvine and State Legislators with the goal of dedicating 125 acres at the Great Park, on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for a California State Veterans Cemetery. He is a co-founding member of the American Legion Irvine Post #848.
Hernandez has one adult son, Richard D. Hernandez, married to Denise; with six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.