Leslie Herod
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Representative Herod serves on the Legal Services, Judiciary and Finance committees. She was elected in 2016 to succeed now-Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.

She is the first gay African-American to be elected to Colorado's state legislature.

Herod received her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her professional experience includes working at the Colorado State Capitol, working for Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D), serving as a program officer with the Gill Foundation, and owning a business. She co-founded the political advocacy organization New Era Colorado

In addition to winning reelection in 2018, Herod championed a ballot initiative - Caring 4 Denver - that will raise $45 million annually for mental health and substance abuse treatment and services for children and adults in Denver. The initiative passed overwhelmingly with nearly 70% support from Denver voters and will create the largest mental health foundation in the state.

Herod cares a great deal about the future of Colorado’s young people. While a student at CU Boulder, she co-founded New Era Colorado - the state's leading organization focused on the engagement of young people - with Congressman Joe Neguse, Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, and Lisa Kaufmann, now Chief of Staff for Governor Polis. She has served as a mentor for high school students, delivered commencement remarks, and is a frequent guest at high school and college campuses.

Herod is dedicated to serving the community, having served on multiple organizations, boards and commissions, including serving as Governor Ritter’s appointee to the Judicial Performance Commission, a mayoral appointee to Denver's Cultural Affairs Commission, the Board of Directors for Urban Peak - Colorado's leading homeless youth service agency, and President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action. Herod also served as President Obama’s Deputy Political Director in Colorado during his 2012 Reelection Campaign.

Herod’s notable achievements have been recognized by numerous organizations. In 2019, she was featured in 5280 Magazine. In 2018, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado awarded Herod with the Force for Good award, Urban Peak presented her with its Maverick Thinker award, and she was chosen to give a TED talk on the importance of providing free tampons to female inmates. In 2017, the Colorado Democratic Party honored Representative Herod with the 2017 Rising Star award, Out Front Colorado honored her with a 2017 “Power Award,” she was named a Champion of Choice by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and she was featured in Marie Claire Magazine’s Power Issue.”