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Daniel Hernandez, Gabrielle Giffords' 'Hero Intern,' Takes School Board Seat

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US President Barack Obama greets Daniel Hernandez Jr., an intern of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's, during the memorial event, “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America', at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2011. Obama is leading a tribute service for the six people who were killed and the 14 wounded in the assassination attempt on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is fighting for her life in hospital. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Gett | Getty Images

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The former aide who rushed to help U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot last January is starting his own career in politics.

Daniel Hernandez is scheduled to attend his first board meeting Tuesday of the Tucson-area Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board.

Hernandez says he brings a unique perspective and can speak to some of the unheard of needs of students having graduated from the district.

He interning in Giffords' office and working at a constituent event outside a suburban Tucson supermarket when the congresswoman was shot in the head during a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.


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