Current Position: US Representative for NC 2nd District since 2021
Former Position(s): Lawyer from 1990 – 2013
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NC Congresswoman Deborah Ross supports COVID-19 relief
Roll Call, – August 10, 2021
Nearly two dozen House Democrats are calling on congressional leaders to include a pathway to citizenship not only for undocumented immigrants in their budget reconciliation measure, but also for foreign citizens who grew up in the U.S. legally.
In a letter sent late Monday and first obtained by CQ Roll Call, the lawmakers asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to establish a path to green cards for people raised and educated in the U.S. as dependents on their parents’ work visas — but who find themselves without status of their own upon turning 21.
Some of those people, particularly those originally from India and China, may have aged out of their parents’ visas while stuck waiting in a years-long backlog for a green card. Others may have been dependents on work visas that do not lead to a green card.
These young people, referred to as “documented Dreamers,” must then switch to student visas if they are in college, and then hope to find an employer to sponsor them for limited work visas. If they can’t, many have to leave their families and “self-deport” to a country they may not even remember.
They are also not covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides deportation protection and work permits only to those without legal immigration status.
“There is strong bipartisan support for providing relief to Documented Dreamers, and we ask that you consider including all Dreamers — both those who came to this country without documentation as well as young people who have maintained status as dependents — in any upcoming reconciliation bill,” the lawmakers wrote in their Monday letter, led by Rep. Deborah K. Ross, D-N.C.
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Congresswoman Deborah Ross is a civil rights advocate, a clean energy champion, a lawyer, and a proud citizen of Wake County. Sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2021, she represents North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.
Deborah grew up in a small town, and her parents instilled in her the belief that with opportunity comes responsibility and that through public service she could help others and make a difference.
Deborah came to North Carolina for law school at UNC-Chapel Hill and became an active member of the local community. She entered public service in 2002, when she ran for and won a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where she served for over ten years. As a Representative, Deborah worked to protect voting rights, fund transit and transportation projects, increase access to affordable housing and protect and expand healthcare. Deborah was named as one of Wake County’s most effective legislators for her ability to work across the aisle to deliver results for the people of North Carolina.
As a civil rights lawyer, Deborah fought for fairness and justice, working to pass the South’s first anti-racial profiling law and juvenile justice reform. In her law practice, she worked for a cleaner energy future, helping to create thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector.
As Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, Deborah is fighting for equality, justice, and progress. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee, House Rules Committee, and the Space, Science, and Technology Committee
Deborah and her husband Steve live in Raleigh with their dog Wylie.
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Washington, DC 20515
Raleigh, NC 27602
Deborah Ross (née Koff, June 20, 1963) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district since 2021. Her district is based in Raleigh. A member of the Democratic Party, Ross served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013, representing the state’s 38th and then 34th House district, including much of northern Raleigh and surrounding suburbs in Wake County.
Early life and education
Ross was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1963, and grew up in Connecticut. She is the daughter of Barbara (née Klein) and Marvin Koff. Her father served as a physician in the Air Force during the Vietnam era and her mother taught preschool.
American Civil Liberties Union
Ross was hired as state director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina in 1994. She worked on First Amendment and juvenile justice issues. Alongside Governor Jim Hunt and then State Senator Roy Cooper, she overhauled North Carolina’s system for dealing with youth offenders. In response to racial profiling reports, she also successfully encouraged state police agencies to collect race-based statistics for traffic stops. Ross stepped down from her position at the ACLU in 2002 when she launched her state House campaign.
On May 1, 2013, Ross announced she would resign from the legislature in June to serve as legal counsel for GoTriangle, the triangle area’s regional transit agency. On June 1, 2013, Grier Martin was appointed to succeed her in the House.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
In March 2017, Ross joined the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in Raleigh. Her practice focused on the economic development, energy, utilities, and infrastructure needs of businesses and government. Smith Moore Leatherwood combined with national law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP, on November 1, 2018.
Early political career
North Carolina legislature
Ross was first elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 2002 and defeated Wake County Commissioner Phil Jeffreys in 2004 to win a second term. She faced no opposition in the 2006 general election, and in 2007, Ross was first elected as one of the House Democratic Whips.
Ross supported the Equal Pay Act, an unsuccessful bill that would have banned North Carolina employers from paying workers differently based on gender.
In 2012, Ross compared state coastal protection policies that ignore scientists’ sea level rise forecasts to burying one’s “head in the sand”. She said she was concerned that increased risk of flooding would lead insurance companies to charge higher premiums for coastal property owners.
2016 U.S. Senate campaign
In 2015, Ross resigned as legal counsel at GoTriangle to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. She won the March 2016 Democratic primary with 62.4% of the vote from a field of four candidates. Ross was endorsed by EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, the North Carolina Association of Educators, the North Carolina AFL–CIO, American Association for Justice, End Citizens United, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and the League of Conservation Voters.[excessive citations]
In the general election, Ross ran against the incumbent, Republican Richard Burr. Ross raised more money than Burr for three consecutive quarters, but nevertheless had less cash on hand as Burr began the year with $5.3 million in campaign funds. As of October 21, Ross was down 2.8% in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. The race received national attention as The Cook Political Report rated the race a toss-up and Democrats viewed the seat as one they could win. Burr won with 51% of the vote.
U.S. House of Representatives
On December 2, 2019, Ross announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s newly redrawn 2nd congressional district in 2020. She jumped into the race shortly after a court-ordered redistricting cut the 2nd back to southern Wake County, including almost all of Raleigh. The old 2nd covered roughly half of Wake County, along with several exurbs south and east of the capital.
Had the district existed in 2016, Hillary Clinton would have carried it with 60% of the vote and defeated Donald Trump by over 24 points. By comparison, Trump carried the old 2nd with 53% of the vote, defeating Clinton by 12 points. On paper, the new map turned the 2nd from a Republican-leaning district into a safely Democratic district.
With pundits suggesting that the 2nd was a likely Democratic pickup, Republican incumbent George Holding, who had represented much of the area for two terms in the 13th district before it was essentially merged with the 2nd in 2016, opted to retire. Holding said that the significantly bluer hue of the new 2nd figured significantly in his decision.
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As of December 2021, Ross had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time. On July 1, 2021, Ross and Mariannette Miller-Meeks introduced the America’s CHILDREN Act. If enacted, the bill would grant a pathway to permanent residency for children who grew up in the United States legally but were blocked from obtaining permanent residency due to green card backlogs and other legal barriers.
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Rules
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
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- Leslie, Laura (April 9, 2013). “NC Equal Pay Act faces long odds”. WRAL. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
- Harish, Alon (August 2, 2012). “New Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise”. ABC News.
- Siceloff, Bruce (September 23, 2015). “Deborah Ross, mulling a Senate run, resigns from GoTriangle”. News & Observer. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- “North Carolina Primary Election Results”. The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
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- “AFL-CIO endorsements include Cooper, Ross, Meeker”. News & Observer. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- “Deborah Ross Endorsed by End Citizens United PAC”. End Citizens United. January 27, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- “DSCC Endorses Deborah Ross in North Carolina”. Roll Call. January 21, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- “Democracy for America Endorses Tammy Duckworth and Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate”. Democracy for America. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- “LCV Action Fund Endorses Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate”. League of Conservation Voters. Archived from the original on February 26, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- Morrill, Jim (October 21, 2016). “Deborah Ross out-raises – and outspends – Richard Burr”. Charlotte Observer. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
- “North Carolina U.S. Senate Results: Richard M. Burr Wins”. August 1, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
- J. Miles Coleman (December 5, 2019). “Handicapping North Carolina’s New Congressional Districts”. Center For Politics.
- Presidential results for reconfigured North Carolina districts via Daily Kos
- Mutnick, Ally (December 6, 2019). “Republican George Holding will retire rather than run in deep-blue seat”. Politico. Washington, D.C. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
- Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2016, from Daily Kos
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- Harris, Madison Hall, Grace Panetta, Margot. “RESULTS: Democrat Deborah Ross projected to defeat Republican Alan Swain in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District”. Business Insider. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
- Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
- “Representatives Ross, Miller-Meeks, Krishnamoorthi, Kim Introduce Bipartisan America’s CHILDREN Act”. Representative Deborah Ross. July 1, 2021. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
- “Pelosi Announces Additional Committee Assignments for 117th Congress”. December 18, 2020.
- “Committees and Caucuses | Representative Deborah Ross”. ross.house.gov. January 3, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- “Congresswoman Ross Secures Seat on House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology”. Representative Deborah Ross. January 22, 2021.
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- Gordon, Greg (October 12, 2016). “Senate candidate opposed ending historic tax credits that had benefited her family”. McClatchy DC. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- Roewe, Brian (September 29, 2021). “North Carolina rep urges faith leaders to speak up for climate initiatives”. EarthBeat. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
- Representative Deborah Ross official U.S. House website
- Deborah Ross for Congress campaign website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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- Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
- Committee on Rules
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Research and Technology