County Executive, Montgomery County, MD
From his roots in the hardscrabble poverty of then-segregated Louisiana, Ike Leggett has built a record of public service marked by conviction to principle, leadership, and a willingness to take on tough fights and make hard choices.
In 2006, Leggett won the Democratic Party primary for County Executive by 61 percent of the vote. Then, in November of that same year, he was elected the first African American County Executive, winning more than 67 percent of the ballots cast in a three-way race. In 2010, Leggett was unopposed for the Democratic Party nomination and was reelected County Executive with over 65 percent of the vote. In 2014, Leggett easily won the Democratic nomination for a third term, winning 80 percent of county precincts. In the fall general election Leggett won with 65 percent of the vote, winning 212 of 245 voting precincts.
He served as President of the County Executives of America in 2013-2014 and as President of the Maryland Association of Counties in 2015.
As County Executive, Leggett has focused on making sure that every part of an ever-more-diverse Montgomery County has a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. He has made the hard choices to put the County’s fiscal house in order and invested in growing the jobs of the future.