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Quick Facts

  • Two-time appointee of Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Appointed by Governor Abbott as Judge of 190th Civil District Court
  • Unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate
  • Former Judge, 165th Civil District Court
  • Former Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 (elected twice after appointment to this bench)
  • Former Senior Counsel, Enterprise Products, one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services
  • Former Partner, civil defense firm, statewide trial and appellate practice
  • Former Briefing Attorney, Fourteenth Court of Appeals
  • Past President, Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
  • Past Vice-President, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2016 Houston Young Lawyer Mentor Award
  • 2015 “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Houston Woman Magazine
  • 2015 Top Latina "40 and Under" Award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation
  • 2014 “Public Service Award” from South Texas College of Law
  • 2014 “Amicus Award” from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
  • 2013 "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women
  • Honored as one of 100 Women in Leadership by Hispanic Women in Leadership (HWIL)
  • Rated highest among the County Civil Courts in the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Qualifications Poll
  • Former court-appointed bilingual guardian ad litem
  • Former court-appointed special commissioner for eminent domain proceedings
  • Member, Houston’s First Baptist Church
  • Married to Eric, a former Captain in the United States Army, and a proud mother of two children

Debra's Bio

Debra Ibarra Mayfield is a two-time judicial appointee of Governor Greg Abbott.  Judge Mayfield became Abbott's first judicial appointee in Harris County when he tapped her for the 165th District Court.  Most recently, Governor Abbott appointed Judge Mayfield to the 190th District Court, as post to which she will run for re-election in 2018.

Before becoming a State District Judge, Debra was the first Latina County Court at Law Judge in Harris County.  Having been unanimously appointed by the Commissioners' Court, she served as Judge of County Civil Court at Law No. 1. 

Judge Mayfield has served as senior in-house legal counsel for Enterprise Products, one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services.  She also served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching private property rights and eminent domain.  Before her judicial career, Judge Mayfield was a partner in a civil defense firm where she handled litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts across the State of Texas.

Judge Mayfield is an alumna of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law Houston. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and bar associations, including the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), the Association of Women Attorneys (AWA), and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH).  

She has received numerous recognitions for her public service, including being selected as a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women, award the "Public Service Award" from South Texas College of Law, the Amicus Award by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, selected as one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women" by Houston Women Magazine, and awarded the "Outstanding Mentor Award" by the Houston Young Lawyers' Association.  Also, the  Texas State Bar Convention honored her for her significant contributions to the Hispanic legal community.

Debra is married to Eric, a former United States Army Captain, and the have two young children.