Debra Lewis

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Debra Lewis -Council Member

Debra served as the Mayor of Dana Point in 2017 and as the Mayor for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita in 2000.

Debra is a retired attorney. During her 35 year legal career, Debra represented businesses from start up through dissolution.  She handled various types of legal transactions, including drafting documents, mergers and acquisition as well as litigation for her clients. 

She earned her B.A. degree at the University of Illinois.  She holds a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center.  She belonged to the D.C. bar and then the California bar. 

Debra met and married her husband Steve while they were attending the University of Illinois.  They have been married for over 46 years, with two grown professional daughters and 4 grandchildren. 

Besides playing with her grandchildren, Debra loves practicing yoga, cooking, traveling and playing the piano.  

Debra Lewis


  • Representative, Capistrano Unified School District
  • Representative, Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) Residential Recovery Facilities Task Force, Pension Task Force and Homeless Task Force
  • Member, Congressman Levin’s  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Task Force
  • Alternate Representative, Orange County Library Advisory Board

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