Personal Profile

Full Name Debra Medina
Age 55
Hometown Beeville, TX
Spouse: Noe
Religion Baptist
Church Sugar Land Baptist Church

Debra Medina of Beeville, Texas, is a former Wharton County Republican chair and a Republican candidate for governor in 2010. A dark horse in the race, she persistently polled in the single digits behind the better-known, better-funded Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Medina has her roots in the libertarian side of the Republican party. She has campaigned in the past for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Clute, and she has some of his other supporters working in her campaign.

Despite being viewed as out of the mainstream, Medina's political potential in the run up to the 2010 primary includes the possibility of forcing a runoff between rivals Perry and Hutchison.

Her proposals include promoting a statewide ballot initiative to impose term limits. The other statewide initiatives (see her detailed versions here) are:

* Life
* Spending
* Property rights
* State sovereignty
* Party platform

According to her Web site, Medina is married with two adult children. Medina received a nursing degree from Baptist Memorial Hospital System in 1984 and a bachelor's degree in business management from Le Tourneau University in 1995.

She is currently the president and CEP of Prudentia Inc., a medical claims management and legal consulting firm.