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 2018, Senator Garcia was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the Senate, previously serving as Assistant Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader. Prior to being elected as President of the Senate, Senator Garcia served on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee, and the Appropriations Committee.
During his time in the Colorado State Senate, Senator Garcia has sponsored legislation to help improve the lives of southern Coloradoans and people across the state. He passed legislation to create a pilot program for Pueblo and rural Colorado to address the opioid epidemic. He 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 also pushed to explore transportation solutions like a potential rail line along the I-25 corridor through his work with protecting the Southwest Chief and securing funding to make improvements on Highway 50. 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.
From 2001 to 2007, Senator Garcia served in the Marine Corps. Deployed to Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist, he personally understands the risks faced by the members of our armed forces and is committed to providing for our veterans. He is 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.