Deborah will be the first openly LGBTQ State Attorney in the State of Florida
Deborah Barra has been a prosecutor in Orange and Osceola counties for over 16 years. Over the course of her career, she has completed more than 100 trials. Deb has prosecuted nearly every type of offense, however, her passion has always been, and remains, the prosecution of sexual offenders and predators. To date, Deb has personally convicted 43 child molesters/rapists including three serial rapists. She was also able to obtain Florida’s first life sentence for a defendant charged with human trafficking.
In addition to her extensive trial work, Deb has held management positions under three elected State Attorneys.
In her current role as Chief Assistant State Attorney, Deb supervises over 165 assistant state attorneys and manages the day to day operations of the office. Some of her job responsibilities include the hiring of assistant state attorneys, the implementation of policies, and the prosecution of cases. In addition, she is responsible for reviewing all cases involving the use of deadly force used by members of law enforcement. Deb performed a 6-month review of the events that occurred during the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. The results of her review led to all officers being cleared of any wrongdoing and the conclusion that no civilians were struck by bullets fired by police officers.
Deb has also been selected as one of two prosecutors in the state of Florida to teach prosecutors how to best prosecute sex offenders.