Deborah Russell lives in the New Lynn electorate with her husband Malcolm Wright. Their three daughters are all students. She was first elected as the MP for New Lynn in the 2017 election.
Deborah grew up in Taranaki before heading off to university to study Accounting and Finance. After working as an accountant for several years, she returned to university to study Philosophy, completing a PhD in political philosophy. Her thesis considered how we can change our government systems to make them more responsive to diverse communities. Deborah has lectured at universities in New Zealand and Australia in philosophy, ethics, management and taxation. She is the co-author of a book about New Zealand’s tax system, “Tax and Fairness”.Read more
In her spare time, Deborah is a homebody, enjoying cooking, gardening and craft, as well as reading fiction. She also likes walking the trails around Titirangi and in the Waitakere Ranges.
As a new MP, Deborah was appointed to be the Chair of the Environment Select Committee where she worked on issues such as kauri dieback and food waste. She is currently the Chair of the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee.