State Representative Ana Hernandez has dedicated her life to providing a voice for working families in the state of Texas, as evidenced by her inclusion on lists such as Hispanic Business magazine’s “Most Influential List” and the Houston Chronicle’s “20 Latino Democrats to Watch.”
Born in Reynosa, Mexico and raised in Pasadena, Texas, Ms. Hernandez embraces her heritage as a bicultural citizen in Texas. Ms. Hernandez started her public service career with a Peace Corps internship program in South Africa, working with local community leaders as they rebuilt their educational system post-apartheid.
Representative Hernandez was elected as the State Representative for District 143 in a special election in December 2005. She currently serves on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and the Pensions Committee. Representative Hernandez obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2004, having contributed to the Texas International Law Journal. Her legal career began at ConocoPhillips and the Mostyn Law Firm. She joined the firm of Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson in 2010.
She focuses her legal practice on civil litigation, including personal injury claims. Teaming with James Soto, the two are focused on creating a firm that can serve the diverse needs of the many Spanish-speaking residents of Texas. Representative Hernandez is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
She is a member of the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and Precinct2gether, and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court. During her career she has been active as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, served on the Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents, and been a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Representative Hernandez was named a Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in both 2014 and 2015, honored as a champion for women’s health by Planned Parenthood and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and received the “2011 Arrival Award” from the University of Houston Law Center. The Texas Association of Bilingual Educators presented her with the “Community Advocacy Award,” and she received both the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas’ Public Service Award and the Justice for Janitors Champion Award in 2015.