Top Issues: Abortion Rights, Expanding Medicare, Everglades Restoration, Reducing Gun Violence
Election Outlook: Cook Political Report rating: Likely R.
Debbie is the clear frontrunner in what is currently a crowded Democratic primary. The real challenge will be in the general election. A statewide victory in Florida has slipped just out of reach for Democrats in recent cycles, but next year could be different because there will be a statewide abortion initiative on the ballot. Republican incumbent Sen. Rick Scott is also uniquely vulnerable; he won in 2018 by only .05 percent.
Former Elected Office: US Representative, FL-26
Years in Office: 2019-2021
Committee Assignments: Committees: Judiciary, Transportation & Infrastructure; Subcommittees: Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; Immigration and Citizenship; Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management; Water Resources and Environment
Major Legislation: Firearms Retailer Code of Conduct Act; Medicare Advantage COVID Treatment Act; Cuban Family Reunification Act; Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act
Profession: Nonprofit Consultant
Work Experience: Dean, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Director of Advancement, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Director of Development, Florida International University
Education: BA, Political Science, Pitzer College; MA, International Political Economy, Claremont University
Did you know? As a young girl, Debbie worked in a doughnut shop to help her family make ends meet. She is the first woman to represent FL-26.