About Leon Buck
Leon Buck is a 16-year resident of the City of Bowie, currently residing in the Glen Allen subdivision, in District 4. He is the former baseball commissioner and Athletic Director of the South Bowie Boys and Girls Club, as well as a former board member for the club. He has a passion for coaching, mentoring and working with young people. Leon started the Bowie Elite Travel Baseball Club in 2012, where more than 500 boys have found a home playing the sport they love. Many of the club’s players have gone on to play in high school and in college. Leon also does private coaching for students who compete in high school speech competitions, as well as private tutoring for students who need help in English, AP Government, and AP World and European History. Leon helps students navigate through the college admissions process by helping them with SAT prep, the Common Application, and reviewing and editing college admissions essays.
Leon also has a passion for politics and public service. He has worked for both Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly and Mayor Marion Barry in the District of Columbia’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations, where he led the effort to enact the DC Juvenile Curfew law. Leon has also served as the Legislative Director and Chief of Staff for U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX.), as well as her Staff Director for the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security. During his time on Capitol Hill, Leon worked on the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the law that created the Department of Homeland Security after 911, the prescription drug law providing affordable drugs for our nation’s seniors, and most importantly, Leon served on the Speaker’s leadership staff task force that would enact the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
After a long career on Capitol Hill, Leon entered the lobbying and advocacy profession. He joined a lobby firm on K Street, where he represented an African nation, Apple Computers, a pharmaceutical company, and several companies looking for government contracts. Leon also managed the government relations efforts for the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Recovery Program during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; he led the Red Cross’s outreach to local, state and Federal government officials to ensure that their communities were safe and livable again. Leon’s next professional step was to join the Property Casualty Insurers Association as Assistant Vice President, with the charge of lobbying House Democrats in leadership and on the House Financial Services Committee. Leon was part of the successful effort to enact the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Flood Insurance Reform Reauthorization law, and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Leon’s outreach extends to Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, the House Democratic leadership, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and key congressional members on key committees such as the House Financial Services Committee, the House Ways & Means Committee, the House Committee on the Judiciary, the House Homeland Security Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee.
Leon is now a Managing Partner of Government Strategies, LLC. He has a strong entrepreneurial spirit as he advises clients on Federal grant writing and government procurement, strategic planning, lobbying and government relations, and political action committee membership and growth.
Leon has raised three children in Bowie. His son Justin is a 2018 cum laude graduate of Morehouse College working as a program manager for a large human resources company in Denver, Colorado, his daughter Kennedy is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at Hampton University and his son Harrison is a rising junior in high school who is an avid baseball pitcher and trained opera singer.