Deb was born in St Louis, Missouri. Her father was a Teamster truck driver and her mother a cashier at the local grocery store. After graduating from High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Immediately upon graduation Deb was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, and was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of her ROTC class. In 2004 she earned a Master’s in Management from Webster University.
During her 20-year Air Force career, Deb served in a variety of assignments as a Logistics Plans Officer and an Information Manager. She lived all over the United States and in Iceland, and deployed around the world planning and conducting Air Force operations. Her favorite assignments included serving as the section commander of a Security Forces squadron and working with the U.S. Army to speed delivery of personnel and equipment to combat zones and disaster areas. Throughout her military career, Deb was known for her decisive leadership and her ability to plan and execute complex projects. She was recognized as Air Combat Command's Logistics Officer of the Year for 1999.
After retiring from the Air Force as a major, Deb and her family moved to Lexington Park, Maryland, where she quickly got involved in the local political scene. She served as president of the Republican Women of St Mary’s, president of the St Mary's Republican Club, Protocol Chair and Southern Region Chair for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, and was appointed to be a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay. Her hard work led to her being named the St Mary's County Republican Woman of the Year for 2013. During this time, Deb
also worked on several candidates' campaigns for local, state and federal offices.
Deb successfully ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014, and proudly represents District 29B. As the chair of the St Mary's Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, she has been very effective at getting critical county-related legislation through the house and senate, and she is the Deputy Minority Whip on the House Judiciary Committee. She also serves on the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Law subcommittees, and on the Oyster Advisory Commission. She is widely recognized as the House of Delegate's champion for Second Amendment rights. Deb prides herself in helping constituents cut through government red tape; bringing environmentalists, watermen and aquaculture farmers together to find smart ways to manage our natural resources; and helping to reign in government spending and burdensome regulations. She is the only woman veteran currently serving in the Maryland General Assembly.
Deb's husband Jeff is an engineer at NAS Patuxent River. Her son is studying at Salisbury University and her daughter attends Leonardtown High School. Deb enjoys kayaking, target shooting and traveling. She looks forward to representing the citizens of St Mary's County in Annapolis for a second term.