Bruce Lesley President, First Focus

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


In the News: The Democrats’ Luck Runs Out

| October 13, 2017 |

From The Atlantic: After a run of unlikely victories last month, it seemed possible for Democrats to forget—at least momentarily—that they were the party


In the News: Congress Can’t Get Its Sh*t Together and It’s Putting Kids at Risk

| October 11, 2017 |

From The Daily Beast: Ever since mid-September, Emily Piper has been on high alert. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services drafted


After Missed Deadline, Campaign for Children Urges Immediate Congressional Action on CHIP

| October 4, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children welcomes today’s passage through the Senate Finance Committee of the KIDS Act of 2017 (S.1827), which includes a five- year extension


In the News: Congress threatens to take health insurance away from 9 million kids, just because

| October 2, 2017 |

From The Intercept: A program that provides health coverage to some nine million children was allowed by the Republican-controlled Congress to expire over the weekend.


Campaign for Children Disappointed Congress Missed CHIP Funding Deadline

| October 2, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children is deeply disappointed that Congress allowed the funding deadline to expire for the popular and bipartisan Children’s Health


In the News: As CHIP expires unrenewed, Congress blows a chance to save healthcare for 9 million children

| October 2, 2017 |

From The LA Times: Advocates for children’s health started worrying months ago that congressional incompetence would jeopardize the nation’s one indisputable healthcare success —


Campaign for Children Praises Decision to Drop Graham-Cassidy Vote; Urges Immediate CHIP Extension

| September 26, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children welcomed the announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare


Graham-Cassidy Bill is Not the Healthcare Answer American Families Are Looking For

| September 21, 2017 |

(Washington, DC) – The latest healthcare proposal, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is making waves in Congress, as it


Nine Million Reasons to Extend CHIP Funding Now

| September 20, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. In the midst of the chaos that is Washington, D.C., Congress is gambling with the health and well-being


Congress May Allow CHIP to Expire Amid New Effort to Harm Medicaid, Kids

| September 19, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—With only a handful of legislative days left to extend funding for the popular and bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Congress is focused