Bruce Lesley President

Mr. Lesley has more than 25 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to making children’s lives better. Lesley directs all aspects of policy development and internal operations at First Focus.

In 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, 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 Hospitals of America (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’s 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 four children.

Resources by Bruce Lesley


Children’s Groups Urge Quick Bipartisan 5-Year CHIP Extension

| August 4, 2017 |

First Focus and leading organizations dedicated to the well-being of children are calling on Congress to immediately enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding.


Senate Health Bill Violates Principle to ‘Do No Harm’

| July 27, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Back in January, First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) signed a letter with all the other major


Senate Threatens the Health of Pregnant Women and Babies

| July 12, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Real health reform would start with some basic goals and principles, such as: (1) expanding health coverage;


Trumpcare: Shifting Medicaid Cuts and Harm to the States

| June 27, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Now is the time for state leaders to stop being “wary” and to express their opposition


CBO Scores Senate Health Bill: Catastrophic Cuts Will Harm Children’s Health

| June 26, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates 22 million people who are currently insured would lose their health coverage by 2026 under


The “Better” Care Act is Worse for Kids. A Lot Worse

| June 22, 2017 |

Put simply, the Senate’s so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act would be devastating for children’s health in America. There is not a single provision in


The “Better” Care Act is Worse for Kids. A Lot Worse.

| June 22, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act would be devastating for children’s health in America. First Focus President Bruce Lesley says: “There is not a single


Children’s Groups Warn: Medicaid Caps Would Harm Kids & Pregnant Women

| June 21, 2017 |

The following statement was issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, March of Dimes, First Focus,


In The News: These states are best, worst for raising children

| June 11, 2017 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley was interviewed for CNN on June 14, 2017 speaking about the impact of cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP)


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It