Meet Representative Barbara Hernandez.

Rep. Barbara Hernandez was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois as the daughter of first-generation immigrants.

She graduated from East Aurora High School in 2010, Waubonsee Community College in 2012, and from Aurora University in 2014 & received her Masters in Public Administration in 2021. 

One of Barbara’s passions is being an advocate for immigrant families. As a daughter of first-generation immigrants, who were undocumented for 21 years, she knows the obstacles people face daily and hopes to one day help families.

While in college, Barbara began a Facebook group in 2012 called Job Opportunities, where she assists individuals in the Aurora area to find jobs, throughout the years it has been a success and she has a little over 5,000 members who stay active on the page.

In the fall of 2016, Barbara was elected as the youngest Kane County Board Member for District 8 at 24 years old. 

In March 2019, Barbara was appointed as the youngest State Representative in the General Assembly for the 83rd district. She continues to be the youngest Latina as State Rep.

Barbara brings her work ethic, energy, and dedication to community service to the job as a public servant. She is working to provide a voice in the community for all residents by working towards youth programs, job creation, being fiscally responsible, and excellence in education.