A fighter for Virginia working families
Leslie Cockburn is an accomplished journalist and community advocate running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for Virginia’s working families. Leslie was an investigative journalist for 35 years, working as a producer and correspondent on programs such as CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and PBS’ “Frontline,” and has received multiple awards throughout her career. She has covered international conflicts, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has reported on wrongdoing in Washington and on Wall Street. A proud resident of Rappahannock County, Leslie has served on local conservation boards and has fought against energy policies that would be harmful to the environment. Leslie and her husband reside on a farm in the footsteps of Blue Ridge Mountains and have two daughters – both of whom were married on the farm – one son, and four grandchildren.
A champion for expanding economic opportunity and protecting the environment
Leslie is running for office because she feels as though she can “actually do something in Congress about the acute need for environmental protection, health care, transportation, opioid treatment, criminal justice, and the starved public schools.” She is determined to expand economic opportunities for working families and protect the environment for future generations. Leslie wants to be a voice in Washington for the women, children, and senior citizens of Virginia whose needs are overlooked. “At that office on Capitol Hill, what we need to do is not only kick the door open, but take the door right off the hinges so that people in Henry County can come up there and always have access to their congressperson,” she has said. Leslie has spent her career holding government officials accountable to the people they serve, and plans to do the same when elected to office.