Leslie Mehta

For U.S. Congress (VA-01)

Portrait ofFor U.S. Congress (VA-01)

Position Sought

U.S. House of Representatives (VA-01)

Date of Primary Election

June 18, 2024


Leslie Mehta, a product of rural North Carolina, draws on her upbringing and professional background to champion advocacy and justice. Raised by a corrections officer and a social worker, she learned early the value of using one’s abilities to serve others. Excelling academically, Leslie attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics before earning her undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill and her law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Transitioning from a successful career as a litigator and civil rights attorney, Leslie assumed the role of Legal Director at the ACLU of Virginia. In this capacity, she dedicated herself to safeguarding the constitutional rights of Virginians across the political spectrum. Amidst her professional pursuits, Leslie became an impassioned advocate for her daughter, Brooke, who battled Rett Syndrome. Following Brooke’s untimely passing, Leslie continued her advocacy efforts, working to secure equal educational opportunities and necessary medical support for children with rare diseases.

Recognized for her pragmatic approach, Leslie was appointed by governors from both political parties to key positions addressing racial and economic inequities and rare diseases. Leveraging bipartisan support, she successfully advocated for federal funding to combat Rett Syndrome and similar conditions. Motivated by her experiences, Leslie now seeks to represent Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, driven by a commitment to address pressing issues including education, gun violence, and reproductive rights, guided by her vision of a more equitable and compassionate future.