Born and reared in Houston, Deborah Young Riddle graduated from Waltrip High School and has lived in the area for most of her life. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in the FM 1960/Spring/Tomball area for 30 years and reared three children there. In that time, Debbie has served her community as a realtor, volunteer firefighter, volunteer EMT, Cub Scout den mother, and preschool Sunday School teacher at Champion Forest Baptist Church.
Mike Riddle is an attorney at the Houston Lawfirm Riddle, Butts and Akins. Their daughter, Christine Riddle Butts, is a probate judge (court 4) and was previously named one of H Texas Magazine’s Top Houston Lawyers along with her father. Their eldest son, Michael, is a veteran of the Navy and medical doctor. Mike and Debbie also own and operate a small, family business, R&R Horse Farms, where they have bred world-champion horses. Their youngest son, David, is well known throughout the state, nation, and even internationally in the horse breeding industry and is also Chairman of Harris County Senate District 7. All of their children are married, and Mike and Debbie have been blessed with ten wonderful grandchildren.
A lifelong Republican, Debbie has served the Republican Party as the vice-chairman of the finance committee of the Harris County Republican Party and as chairman of the building committee for the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Debbie is also past president of the Texas Tea Party of Republican Women and has served on the board of the Spring ISD Education Foundation and Klein ISD Education Foundation. At the national level, Debbie serves on the board of the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs out of Washington, D.C. She is an ardent supporter of Israel and organizations supporting Israel.
In the state legislature, Debbie presently serves as the Committee Budget Officer of the Criminal Jurisprudence committee, where she was previously the vice-chair for four years. She is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on House Administration, and the Joint Select Committee on the Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission. She has previously served on the State Affairs, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions, and Border and International Affairs committees. During the interim period between sessions in 2004, she was also named as the Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Long Term Care.
One of the most quoted elected officials in the state, she has been a regular guest on several programs featured on Fox National News as well as numerous other national, statewide, and local television and radio programs. She is a frequent speaker at local chambers, charity events, and Republican party events throughout the county and state.
Debbie has an A.A. Degree from South Texas Junior College and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.