Leroy Garcia was elected in 2014 to represent Senate District 3, which covers the Cities of Pueblo, Pueblo West and part of the community in Salt Creek.

Senator Garcia has sponsored legislation to help Southern Colorado and improve the lives of citizens across the state of Colorado. He was named Assistant Minority Leader at the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. In April of 2018, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Minority Leader of the Colorado Senate, a position he currently holds.

During his time in the Colorado State Senate, Senator Garcia passed legislation to create a pilot program for Pueblo and rural Colorado to address the opioid epidemic. He has supported fellow veterans through education and housing programs. He pushed to increase accountability and transparency of the utility provider in his district to help the burden of the disproportionate utility prices in Southern Colorado. He has also secured funding for and defended one of Pueblo’s great cornerstones, the State Fair in Pueblo, and continued to protect Southern Colorado’s water. Senator Garcia has pushed to explore transportation solutions like a potential rail line along the I-25 corridor through his work with the Southwest Chief and secured funding to make improvements on Highway 50, which runs through Pueblo. Through his leadership he has helped paved the way for a new building for the regional office of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Pueblo West, and new offices for the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation that will open in the spring of 2018.

Before his work in the Colorado State Senate, Senator Garcia served in the Colorado House of Representatives and was one of the youngest members to be elected and serve on Pueblo City Council.

Senator Garcia also teaches emergency medical services at Pueblo Community College and is a paramedic with American Medical Response in Pueblo.

From 2001 to 2007, Sen. Garcia served in the Marine Corps. Deployed to Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist, he has a personal understanding of the risks faced by the members of our armed forces, and has a strong commitment to providing for our veterans. He’s a member of the Pueblo Veterans Council, VFW Post 15006, American Legion Post 2 and the League of Marines Home of Heroes Detachment.

He’s also a parish pianist at St. Joseph and Christ the King churches.

Sen. Garcia grew up around the Pueblo beauty salon his parents have owned and operated for more than three decades, giving him an appreciation for the power of small business in securing the American Dream.

Sen. Garcia is a first-generation college graduate, with a master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa; a bachelor’s in management from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in emergency medical services from Pueblo Community College.

He lives on Pueblo’s south side with his wife, Michelle Randall Garcia, and their two children, Jeremiah and Xan.

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