Representative Deborah Boone is serving her seventh term in the Oregon House. She was appointed in August 2004 to serve the remainder of the term for House District 32 following Elaine Hopson's resignation. Deborah was elected by the citizens of House District 32 in November 2004, and continues to serve as their representative. Following the Japan Tsunami in 2011, Deborah successfully introduced legislation to create the Oregon Resilience Plan, recognized by the Obama Administration, and receiving international acclaim, this effort led to an Oregon Resiliency Task Force, a Resilience Officer in the Oregon Governor's office, as well as the Cascadia Playbook for emergency response in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami.
Deborah Boone was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Grant High School and attended University of Washington majoring in oceanography and Graphic Design. She later changed her major to Fine Art and Psychology, transferred to Portland State University and graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Art and Psychology.
Deborah worked for 16 years as a legislative assistant to seven individual legislators, with 8 of those years in House District 32 before being appointed to an unexpired term of Rep. Elaine Hopson. She is the co-owner of a construction company and she has owned and operated a restaurant and catering business.
Deborah served as a Clatsop County Commissioner and was appointed by Governors to the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Task Force, Oregon Commission on the Legislature, Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Healthy Streams Partnership and the Oregon Children's Trust Fund board. She currently represents Oregon on PNWER (Pacific NW Economic Region) and the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force. In addition, she is a member of Marine Renewables Canada, formerly OREG (Ocean Renewable Energy Group). Deborah served for 9 years on Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation Board, was a member of Northwest Head Start Policy Council, and a founding member of the Oregon Chapter: National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. She served her community as a volunteer firefighter for 16 years.
Deborah and her husband live on the family tree farm and have two grown children.