Senate District 3 (Pueblo)
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. In March 2018, Senator Garcia was elected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Minority Leader. He currently serves on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee, and the Appropriations Committee.
During the 2014 session, then-Rep. Garcia sponsored legislation to make higher education more affordable for all Coloradans. SB 1, the College Affordability Act, invests $100 million into higher education and taps tuition increases at 6 percent annually. Garcia also led the effort to ensure that the Southwest Chief rail line continues to run through Colorado, possibly adding a stop in Pueblo.
From 2001 to 2007, Senator 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. Senator Garcia also teaches emergency medical services at Pueblo Community College and is a paramedic with American Medical Response in Pueblo.
Senator 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. He 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.