Leroy Garcia was elected in 2012 to represent House District 46, which stretches from southern Pueblo to Colorado City.
During the 2014 session 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. Rep. Garcia also led the effort to ensure that the Southwest Chief rail line continues to run through Colorado, possibly adding a stop in Pueblo.
In the 2013 session he had a leading role in the campaign to repurpose Fort Lyon, a shuttered correctional facility near Las Animas, into a full-service transitional housing facility for Colorado’s homeless, who include many veterans. Fort Lyon has begun providing treatment and rehabilitation for substance abuse and mental health issues as well as education and job training to help residents get back on their feet.
Rep. Garcia also was a co-prime sponsor of a key part of the House Democrats’ job and economic development package — the Colorado “economic gardening” initiative, a pilot program to provide management training to 20 mid-sized Colorado businesses that show significant growth potential.
When Rep. Garcia took office he resigned from the Pueblo City Council, where he took the lead in passing a property maintenance code and a host of capital improvements, including a new police building, two fire stations and a renovation of City Hall, all while balancing the city budget without any furloughs.
Rep. Garcia also teaches emergency medical services at Pueblo Community College and is a paramedic with American Medical Response in Pueblo.
From 2001 to 2007, Rep. 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.
Rep. 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.
Rep. Garcia is a first-generation college grad, 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.