Deborah’s commitment to the community runs deep.

Deborah grew up in a small town. From a young age, Deborah’s parents instilled in her the belief that with opportunities came responsibilities and that through public service she could make people’s lives better. Her husband of more than 20 years, Steve Wrinn, has been a supportive partner.

North Carolina House of Representatives

Deborah served as a representative in the N.C. House for more than ten years, where she championed transportation, housing, infrastructure, historic preservation, ethics, voting rights, and domestic violence laws. She served both as Majority and as Minority Whip and chaired the Judiciary, Ethics and Election Laws Committees.

Senate Campaign

Deborah ran for U.S. Senate in 2016. She earned more than 2.1 million votes, travelled to more than 90 counties, was endorsed by newspapers from the mountains to the coast, and raised more than $15 million.

Recognition & Community Service

Deborah has received dozens of awards for her community service, among the most recent:

  • Women in Business Award, Triangle Business Journal (2018)
  • Fellow, UNC Institute of Politics (2017)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2014)
  • Defender of the Environment, NC League of Conservation Voters (2013)
  • Defender of Justice, NC Justice Center (2012)
  • Legislator of the Year – Southeast Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration, Peace College, Raleigh, NC (2011)

Deborah is active in her community and continues to travel the State speaking to students, civic groups, and hearing from North Carolina’s diverse communities.