Bruce Lesley President

Mr. Lesley has more than 30 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives and well-being of children. Lesley has served for 13 years as the president of First Focus on Children and directs policy development and internal operations at the organization. He also serves as an assistant high school girls basketball coach in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During his 12 years on Capitol Hill, Lesley worked on health care, education, human services, and immigration issues in several different capacities. Prior to his work at First Focus on Children, he served as Senior Health Policy Advisor on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham on the Senate Finance Committee, served as minority Chief of Staff for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and was a legislative aide in the offices of U.S. Representatives Ronald Coleman and Diana DeGette.

In addition to public service at the federal level, Lesley worked at the state and county levels of government on health and human services policy for Texas State Representative Mary Polk, El Paso County Judge Pat F. O’Rourke, and Texas Governor Ann Richards in the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.

Lesley has also worked in the healthcare sector as the Director of Congressional Relations for the Children’s Hospital Association (also known as the National Association of Children’s Hospitals) and as Director of Government Relations for University Medical Center, a public hospital in El Paso, Texas.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland University College, in College Park, Maryland. He also attended the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas at Austin.

Bruce resides in Maryland with his wife and has four adult children.

Resources by Bruce Lesley


Something we can do *right now* to protect kids

| October 27, 2020 |

Last night, as I watched the Senate confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, my thoughts moved quickly from the historic nature of


Judge Barrett, What Is Right for Children?

| October 26, 2020 |

The law and the impact it has on the lives of children is critical to those who are: abused and neglected, victims of a


Creating equity for kids in the post-COVID world

| October 14, 2020 |

A new report from the advocacy group Groundwork Ohio, which champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies for Ohio’s youngest children, outlines ways


Washington Post says kids “don’t have the power to vote the bums out. We do.”

| October 14, 2020 |

Columnist Catherine Rampell nails it again in the Washington Post. “American children are out of school, out of food and increasingly getting chucked off


Comment in Opposition to Collection and Use of Biometrics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

| October 13, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Homeland Security because we are deeply concerned about the many ways this


Comment on Georgia’s proposal to waive federal rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

| September 15, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services out of deep concern for Georgia’s proposal to


Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is


Demand that Our Nation’s Leaders ‘Commit to Kids’

| August 5, 2020 |

Our nation’s children deserve the very best we have to offer them. Their best interests should be at the forefront of every decision made by


Unfinished Business: the Civil Rights Act of 2020

| July 23, 2020 |

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic