Leslie Herod

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In 2016, Leslie Herod was elected to serve House District 8 in the Colorado House of Representatives, the first LGBTQ African American to hold office in Colorado. She serves as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, a member of the Committee on Legal Services, a member of the Joint Budget Committee, and the Chair of the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus.


Leslie has spent her life working for her community. This passion for service was first inspired by her mother, a single mother and officer in the Army Nurse Corps. While travelling with her mother, she learned the importance of discipline, hard work, a commitment to public service, and — most important to her — compassion toward communities of diverse backgrounds.


Leslie has served two terms as Representative for House District 8 and has sent 71 bills to the Governor’s desk addressing criminal justice reform, mental health, addiction, youth homelessness, civil rights protections, and more. She works tirelessly to be a voice for her community and advocate for the most vulnerable Coloradans.


Through her office, Leslie has championed legislation to re-enfranchise voters with felony convictions, enhance law enforcement transparency and accountability, and advocate for civil rights. Additionally, Leslie championed the Caring 4 Denver ballot initiative, which raises $35 million annually for mental health and substance abuse treatment and services for children and adults. Leslie now serves as the Board President.


Beyond her role as a State Representative, Leslie has served on multiple organizations, boards and commissions, including the Board of Directors for Urban Peak - Colorado's leading homeless youth service agency, and President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action. Leslie has an extensive background in state service from her time as the Senior Policy Advisor in Governor Ritter’s Administration, as President Obama’s Deputy Political Director in Colorado during his 2012 Reelection Campaign, and was the Colorado Co-Chair for Senator Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign.





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Leslie Herod