State Rep. Leslie Love is serving her second term representing the 10th House District, which comprises Redford Charter Township and a portion of Detroit. In her first term, she sat on the House Committees on Commerce and Trade, Financial Services, and Workforce and Talent Development.
In addition to her committee assignments, during her time in the House, Leslie has served as the Democratic Caucus vice chair and chaplain for the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, as well as being a member of the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus, Greater Wayne County Caucus and Hispanic Caucus.
In the first year of her first term, Leslie 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 123). Additionally, she has had two House resolutions adopted, has introduced and co-sponsored numerous bills, and passed several bill amendments. Leslie has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation on a number of significant bill packages, including the bipartisan Juvenile Justice Reform package, Michigan Credit Union Act package and the equal pay package.
Leslie 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.
Known for her passionate floor speeches, Leslie made headlines when she led the charge informing voters about Proposal 1, Michigan’s road funding ballot initiative in 2015. She was also an outspoken opponent to eliminating straight-ticket voting and the film incentives. Leslie has been a leader on issues ranging from economic empowerment to education, and from consumer protection to cannabis.
In her first term, Leslie secured $230,000 in appropriations for her district, making significant donations to South Redford and Redford Union school district for technology enhancements and equipment. In addition, she has worked to help improve and beautify the community, helping secure funds for the Viola Liuzzo Park Association in Detroit to revitalize a dilapidated neighborhood park, as well as $50,000 to renovate Kraft Park in Redford.
As her slogan goes, “Always on the job. Always in the Community,” and Leslie’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, Leslie 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 and stand-up comedian.
Leslie 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.