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


Hey, Congress: Is It Good for the Children?

| May 4, 2017 |

First Focus sent a letter to Republicans and Democrats in House and Senate leadership today asking them to answer a few important, but largely


Request for Information from CBO on American Health Care Act

| May 3, 2017 |

On May 3, 2017, First Focus sent a letter asking Congressional leadership for help in providing missing information from the Congressional Budget Office with


This is the Week to Make Children’s Lives Great

| April 25, 2017 |

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed week in Washington, DC as the White House scrambles with Congressional leaders to pass a signature piece


Congress Shortchanging States and the Health of Millions of Americans

| March 13, 2017 |

The House of Representatives is moving forward with legislation that would impose 255 separate “per capita caps” upon state Medicaid programs — a fundamental and radical


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much


Congress Should Commit to ‘Do No Harm’ to Children

| January 15, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. The U.S. Senate voted on two amendments by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and


The ‘Big Con’ of Medicaid Block Grants

| December 13, 2016 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” — Mark Twain In a recent article entitled “Beware


Medicaid Block Grants: A System of Rationing, Inequity, and Harm

| November 21, 2016 |

Medicaid, in partnership with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), has led the way in helping to cut the nation’s uninsured rate dramatically. This


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 14, 2016 |

In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were asked what their top issues were, but


For Our Democracy, Let’s Make Facts Matter Again

| October 28, 2016 |

Working in public policy can be rewarding, but it is increasingly frustrating. Progress is stalled due to: · Growing partisanship; · The lack of media attention