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Alma Hernandez

Arizona House of Representatives
State Representative
Alma Hernandez was born and raised in South Tucson and is the youngest woman elected to the Arizona state legislature and the first Jewish Latina lawmaker ever elected. She is a fierce advocate for social issues such as health care, education, and criminal justice reform. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from the University of Arizona and has further Public Health training from Johns Hopkins. Alma is serving in her first term. She is a professor at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU and serves on the Health and human services and Federal relations committees and also sits on the board of the Jewish family children’s Services of Southern Arizona. As a part of her humanitarian work as a Public Health professional, Alma traveled to developing countries where she helped provide medical and public health services through free clinics. At home in Tucson, she worked with women living with HIV/AIDS. Alma has received several awards as a freshman legislator for her work on healthcare policy. Walk the Talk ward from Arizona Medical Association, The Realtor Party Champion from Arizona Association of Realtors, Tech Ten Legislator from the Arizona Technology Council, and Women’s Health champion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. She was named on the Forwards 50 most influential Jews of 2020 and is unapologetically outspoken on her pro-Israel activism.
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