State Representative Leslie Love is serving her third term representing the 10th House District, which comprises Redford Charter Township and a portion of northwest Detroit. Previously, Love served on the Workforce and Talent Development (Democratic Vice Chair), Transportation and Infrastructure, Regulatory Reform, Commerce and Trade, and Financial Services committees.
In addition to her committee assignments, Love has served as the Democratic Caucus vice chair, 2nd vice chair and chaplain for the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, treasurer of the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus, and on the Greater Wayne County Caucus.
In the first year of her first term, Love was the first woman, first African-American and first freshman representative in her caucus to introduce legislation that was signed into law as a public act (PA 68). Currently, she has more public acts than any other African-American Representative currently serving. Additionally, she has numerous House resolutions adopted, has introduced and co-sponsored numerous bills, and passed several bill amendments. Love has sponsored legislation on several significant bill packages, including the bipartisan Sexual Assault, Drivers’ Responsibility, Juvenile Justice Reform and End of Life bill packages; Civil Rights bill package, Michigan Credit Union Act package, Pay Equity and Reproductive Rights packages.
Love was appointed to serve on the MiSTEM Advisory Council, a group of business, K-12 and higher education and philanthropic leaders dedicated to helping make Michigan a world leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, Michigan Legislative Council, and was selected as a fellow to the, highly competitive, Council of State Government-Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.
Known for her passionate floor speeches, Love made headlines when she led the charge informing voters about auto insurance reform in 2018 and Proposal 1, Michigan’s road funding ballot initiative in 2015. She was also an outspoken opponent to eliminating straight-ticket voting, repealing prevailing wage and subversion of eliminating the sub-minimum wage.
To date, Love secured over $500,000 in appropriations for her district, making significant contributions to South Redford and Redford Union school district for technology enhancements and equipment. In addition, she has worked to help improve the community, helping secure funds for the Viola Liuzzo Park Association and O’Hair Neighborhood Association in Detroit for revitalization and community service programming, including $60,000 to Redford Township Junior Athletic Association for after-school youth sports.
As her slogan goes, “Always on the job. Always in the Community,” and Love’s commitment to and love for the district is evident by the plethora of ways in which she engages the community, including holding Coffee Hours, Legislative Updates, After Work with the Rep Dinners, community leader discussions, town halls and more.
Before her election to office, Love was the director of theatre operations and adjunct professor at Marygrove College for 12 years. She was a professor for Wayne County Community College District as well. In her spare time, she pursued her avocation as an actor, playwright, and stand-up comedian.
Love was born and raised in Michigan. She grew up in Detroit, attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Cooley High School. She earned a bachelor of arts from Siena Heights University, a master of fine arts from Wayne State University and a master of arts in human resources management from Marygrove College.