Councilman Paul B. Hernandez was born, raised, and educated in the City of Hialeah. Coming from modest roots, his mother, Lily, worked as a receptionist and his father, Paul Sr., served his community as a police officer. While growing up, Paul often sought the guidance and teachings of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles to learn more about the world as they saw it. It was then that he gained a true understanding of the American Dream.
Paul Hernandez attended Asbury Elementary Christian School, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, and Monsignor Edward Pace Catholic High school. Through his local education, Councilman Hernandez not only attained a long-lasting education, but a strong sense of community. Paul Hernandez is a graduate of both Miami-Dade College, where he graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Political Science, and Florida International University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Prior to running for elected office, Paul Hernandez worked as an aide to two Miami-Dade County Commissioners. His foray into public office began when he was appointed by Mayor Julio Robaina as a Commissioner to the Hialeah Housing Authority. After nearly a year at the housing authority, he was chosen by Mayor Carlos Hernandez and the City Council to fill a vacancy that had been created in the Council. During this time, Councilman Hernandez took strong positions in crucial legislative matters such as the Elderly Relief Act and the elimination of the red light cameras. In November of 2011, he had the opportunity to present himself as a viable candidate for City Council to the electorate of the City of Hialeah who elected him with resounding support.
Through his father’s work with The Miami-Dade County Police Department, Paul Hernandez has always understood and appreciated the value of public service. Having been born with a congenital heart defect, he chose to become involved with the American Heart Association where he served as the youngest member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Miami-Dade County Heart Walk. Paul Hernandez has also represented Miami Children’s Hospital and all congenital heart patients before various governing bodies including the Miami-Dade County Commission and the state of Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA) and has played a role in the passage of legislation that is to the benefit of the rapidly growing congenital heart community.
Paul Hernandez was re-elected as council member for the City of Hialeah on November 5, 2013.
Councilman Paul Hernandez is guided by two of his favorite quotes. One is by St. Francis of Asisi: "Master grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, or to be loved as to love with all my soul." The other is a Greek proverb "A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit in."