|Former State Representative from North Carolina's 34th District|
From: January 9, 2013 – June 1, 2013
|Former State Representative from North Carolina's 38th District|
From: January 29, 2003 – January 9, 2013
|Successor||Yvonne Lewis Holley|
Deborah Koff Ross (born June 20, 1963 (age 57)) is an attorney and left-wing Democrat who ran for United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the 2020 elections. She previously ran in the 2016 Senate election to challenge establishment RINO Richard Burr, and served in the state legislature prior to that.
As an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Ross fought for leniency for a teenager who was convicted for the brutal sexual assault and rape of a neighbor. She unsuccessfully argued for the defendant to be given rehabilitation and even privately argued that there was a "sympathetic" case for the heinous teenager, asserting that trying him in an adult court would lack "fundamental fairness".
North Carolina House of Representatives
Ross voted in July 2010 against lobbying restrictions.
Being staunchly pro-abortion, Ross voted against a bill to prohibit sex-selective abortions. She later voted against another bill that would prevent the State Health Exchange Program from providing coverage for abortions.
2016 Senate bid
Ross announced in mid-October 2015 her run for U.S. Senate to challenge incumbent Republican Richard Burr. During her campaign, she fundraised with a lawyer for a terrorist and defended bars that banned members of the military. Ross also was noted to have distanced herself from Hillary Clinton amidst the latter's 2016 run for president. At one of her fundraisers, a top Democrat donor claimed that blacks who vote for Republicans are "f***ed in the head".
Ross ultimately lost to Burr by just under 6% of the vote.
2020 U.S. House election in North Carolina's 2nd district
Ross announced in early December 2019 that she would run for United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 2nd district. This was after judges in the state ordered the state's congressional seats to be redistricted due to "partisan gerrymandering", which was quickly upheld. As a result, the second congressional district was moved from a Republican stronghold entirely into liberal Wake County. Incumbent George Holding soon announced that he would retire rather than seek re-election, as the seat is expected to handily flip in the Democrats' favor.
She handily won the general election to succeed Rep. Holding by nearly a thirty-point margin.
- Deborah Ross Called for Leniency for Assailant in ‘Heinous’ Rape Case (Warning: Graphic descriptions)
- Deborah Ross Viewed Brutal Rape as ‘Sympathetic’ Case to Bring to Supreme Court (Warning: Graphic description)
- Deborah Ross Warned About ‘Dangerous’ Intelligence Agencies in Wake of 9/11
- Deborah Ross Wanted Christmas Songs Banned From Elementary School
- HB 2174 - Minimum Wage Increase - North Carolina Key Vote
- Amdt 2 - Lobbying Restrictions - North Carolina Key Vote
- SB 514 - Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage - North Carolina Key Vote
- HB 645 - Temporary Fuel Tax Cap - North Carolina Key Vote
- SB 4 - Prohibits Medicaid Expansion - North Carolina Key Vote
- HB 716 - Prohibits Sex-Selective Abortions - North Carolina Key Vote
- HB 730 - Amends Abortion Laws - North Carolina Key Vote
- HB 101 - Repeals the Estate Tax - North Carolina Key Vote
- Ex-Wake lawmaker Ross enters US Senate race
- North Carolina Democrat to Fundraise With Lawyer for Taliban Terrorist
- North Carolina Democrat Defended Bars That Banned Military
- Swing-State Democratic Candidates Hide from Hillary Clinton in North Carolina
- Video: Black People Who Vote Republican Are 'F**ked In The Head,' Like Jews Who Helped The Nazis (Warning: Article contains foul language)
- Republican Burr Keeps Seat in North Carolina Senate Race
- Deborah Ross Announces Run for U.S. House of Representatives
- In partisan gerrymandering case, North Carolina judges order new maps for 2020 election
- Judges uphold North Carolina Republicans' redrawn 2020 election map
- The Atlas Of Redistricting
- HB1029 3rd Edition - 19x36_Map.pdf
- Raleigh Republican George Holding won’t run for re-election to Congress in 2020
- Who wins 2020? House Election Predictions & Key Races
- 2020 House Race ratings | The Cook Political Report
- Deborah Ross, Kathy Manning win Democratic primaries for new NC congressional seats
- Alan Swain and Deborah Ross vie to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District
- North Carolina House Election Results 2020
- Deborah Ross on the Issues