Reprint from TED
Why you should listen
Leslie Herod serves as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Joint Budget Committee and is the Chair of the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus. She previously served as the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee.
She has spent her life working for community. This passion for service was first inspired by her mother, a single mother and officer in the Army Nurse Corps, who taught her the importance of discipline, hard work, a commitment to public service and — most important to her — compassion toward communities of diverse backgrounds.
Herod has served two terms as Representative for House District 8 and has sent 76 bills to the Governor’s desk addressing criminal justice reform, mental health, addiction, youth homelessness, civil rights protections, economic development and more. Through her office, she has championed legislation to re-enfranchise voters with felony convictions, enhance law enforcement transparency and accountability and advocate for civil rights.
Additionally, Herod 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. She now serves as the Board President of Caring 4 Denver.