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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 11:53 PM

FLIPPABLE: Phil Hernandez for VA-HD100

Phil was born and raised in Hampton Roads, attended public schools, and received a Gates Millennium Scholarship, which made it possible for him to attend William & Mary, study abroad at Oxford University, and become the first in his family to graduate from college.

He was determined to put that education to good use, to solve problems and serve others. Phil signed up to serve as a Senior Policy Analyst in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, where—for nearly four years—he partnered with leaders across the country to promote clean energy, fight for clean air and water, and help coordinate the response to the BP Oil Spill, the worst spill in American history.

While in law school, he spent his time representing low-income families facing eviction. During this time, he developed legislation aimed at preventing homelessness and then pushed that bill—AB 2819—through the legislature. After more than a year of advocacy, it was signed into law in 2016 and is now protecting tens of thousands of families each year.

More recently, Phil worked as an attorney with a nonprofit organization and advocated for civil rights and the rights of working people. In this role, he interacted with people from all walks of life—from grassroots organizers, to union leaders, to people who have been through the criminal justice system—all in the name of creating more and better economic opportunity for all people.

Now, Phil is proudly stepping up to serve the Eastern Shore and Norfolk in Virginia’s 100th District.

Phil met his wife, Sara, at William & Mary and they were married in 2015. Sara works to increase access to quality, affordable health care, with a special focus on preventive care.


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