• HEALTH | FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) - Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home set

[Opinion] ‘For Today’: Saluting the Amazing Deborah Cox Roush, New Senior Corps Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) – A few years ago, I began following a relative stranger on Facebook named Deborah Cox Roush. Every day, without fail, she would post uplifting memes often with two words as the lead in: “For Today,” never knowing at that point in my life I needed those inspiring messages more than ever. Known to her friends as “DCR,” a nickname given to her as I understand it by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Mrs. Roush identifies her faith as a driving force behind her family and work. What a coincidence that I eventually not only met Mrs. Roush, but ultimately worked with her on the 2016 Donald J. Trump campaign where she served as the State of Florida Grassroots Director. Her story doesn’t stop there–she was recently appointed to the position of Director of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service for the Trump Administration.



Mrs. Roush, a devoted wife and mother, created C and L Creative Solutions of Florida, a business that provides strategy, organization and management for advocacy issues, political campaigns, and corporate events as well as complete onsite event management. In addition to a substantial resume of leadership roles, Mrs. Roush also served as a Governor’s appointee to the Republican Party of Florida, Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners Citizens Advisory Council, Board of County Commissioners Charter Review Board, James Madison Institute Tampa Advisory Board, Vice President of With Women We Win and so much more. Now that’s a dash to be proud of.



Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with President Donald Trump.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with President Donald Trump.

“I am so honored to be serving in this administration. Blessed beyond words,” expressed Mrs. Roush. Always quick to support and salute volunteers, Mrs. Roush added, “This journey has been a result of many people, including mentors and thousands of volunteers.” Mrs. Roush would often remind us all that “grassroots wins elections,” … “I will always be grateful and will always support grassroots efforts. I do not take it for granted and am thankful for this opportunity,” expressed Mrs. Roush.

Florida State House Representative and Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Blaise Ingoglia said, “The Republican Party has many superstars and Debbie Cox Roush is definitely one of them. Debbie is a tireless worker for the party and did a remarkable job as the State of Florida Grassroots Director for the Trump campaign.” Ingoglia, who was recently reelected as the Republican Party Chairman for Florida and is encouraging leaders throughout the State of Florida to create Trump Republican Clubs to keep the energy and excitement for our new President alive and moving forward to 2020 continued, “We wish her nothing but success in her new role with the administration.”

Photo courtesy of Blaise Ingoglia (pictured)

Photo courtesy of Blaise Ingoglia (pictured)



For Mrs. Roush, it began with an interest in high school and college where she served in student government, but it wasn’t until 2003 that she really got involved in politics. “My mentor and current Hillsborough County Commissioner, Al Higginbotham, invited me to a Republican Executive Committee meeting and it really all started from there,” Mrs. Roush recalled. “I realized the monumental challenges our country was facing and wanted to be part of the solution.” That type of energy and enthusiasm is really what embodied so many volunteers and voters of President Donald J. Trump.

Dena Stebbins DeCamp, President, Florida Federation of Republican Women noted, “I am so excited Deborah Cox Roush is the new head of Senior Corps. Debbie has been a hard working volunteer for many years in Florida, for the Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Federation of Republican Women.” An impressive woman herself, DeCamp added, “We are thrilled that the White House is rewarding her hard work with this appointment as the new head of Senior Corps. We will miss Debbie in Florida, but Washington D.C. will benefit hugely from her efforts.”

Photo courtesy of Dena Stebbins DeCamp, pictured with President Donald J. Trump.

Photo courtesy of Dena Stebbins DeCamp, pictured with President Donald J. Trump.



In trying to identify what drives Mrs. Roush in one word she responded, “Determined!” She explained, “I never look back, only forward…and wake up every day thinking if I can make a difference, even a small one, it is a good day.”

Susie Wiles, a partner with Ballard Partners and 2016 Florida campaign director for the Florida Trump campaign, stated, “I have a short list of people who I would always want on my side in a campaign and Debbie Cox Roush is at the top of that list.” Ms. Wiles, a political dynamo herself, added, “In addition to being smart and professional with great judgement, being incredibly well connected in political circles in Florida and across the nation, being among the hardest workers I know…she is a genuinely good person. I am so very proud to call Deb my friend.” For anyone in politics to have the nod of Wiles is like winning a political Emmy.

Photo courtesy of Susie Wiles (pictured).

Photo courtesy of Susie Wiles (pictured).



“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday,” suggested Mrs. Roush. “I wake up every day and think, how can I improve myself? How can I help those around me? Life is too short for regrets, we should only look forward.” Certainly as a you follow her on Facebook she religiously works to share inspiration. “Make each day count and make each day’s mission to make this world, even in a small way, a better place.”

“I was pleased and proud to work along side Debbie,” said Tony Ledbetter, Chairman ,Volusia County Republican Executive Committee and staff member of the 2016 Florida Trump campaign. “Everyone who knows her is aware of her organizational skills. She didn’t disappoint. Our grassroots efforts statewide brought the Florida victory on November 8.”

Photo courtesy of Tony Ledbetter (pictured, right, with President Trump).

Photo courtesy of Tony Ledbetter, pictured with President Donald J. Trump.

“I believe that there is no high[er] gift than to be loyal. I believe that Deborah Cox Roush has been a loyal team player of the Republican Party of Florida. Her work in the first Marco Rubio campaign for Florida Senate and her total dedication during our last Presidential campaign shows what she is made of,”says Bertica Cabrera-Morris, business and governmental consultant, Florida for Trump Hispanic spokesperson, Hispanic liaison for the Republican National Convention, and one of the most respected women in Florida politics, bar none. “Her new position with the administration is a small token to a long life of dedication and heartfelt work where many benefited and we are a better nation because of it. Hats off to Deborah Cox Roush.”

Photo courtesy of Bertica Cabrera-Morris (pictured).

Photo courtesy of Bertica Cabrera-Morris (pictured).



“I met Deborah Cox Roush very soon after arriving in Florida to work with the Trump campaign,” says Mitch Tyner, Attorney, Trump 2016 Mississippi State Director, and a volunteer who came to Florida to help during the later stages of the campaign.”I specifically remember an opening of an office in Lakeland, Florida. When she arrived she immediately looked at the inside and outside through the eyes of the media moving signs, arranging flags and decorations. She’s a stickler for detail and a constant motivator and team player. Her nature is to get the best out of people.”

Volunteers like Kathryn Gates Skipper, the 2016 Veterans for Trump chairperson agreed with Tyner in saluting how Mrs. Roush supports volunteers. “I first met DCR in the summer of 2015 at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando as she was the Volunteer Event Coordinator. She had a very natural way of making me feel my volunteer work was appreciated.”

“Dating back to the Herman Cain for President campaign where we worked together you knew she would run circles around those in DC and she will shine as the true leader she is,” said Derek Hankerson, Political Director, Blakpac. Raising up volunteers is a theme pretty consistent with Mrs. Roush. “It’s always humbling to see friends and colleagues acquire a Presidential appointment especially from your home State of Florida,” Hankerson further explained.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with Derek Hankerson.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with Derek Hankerson.



“My family and my faith. I owe everything to a strong family upbringing, My mother and father taught me that if you work hard, anything is possible, ” said Mrs. Roush.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Riush, pictured with her mother.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Riush, pictured with her mother.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Riush, pictured with her father in the White House press room.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Riush, pictured with her father in the White House press room.

“My husband Greg is my rock and he supports me in everything I do. I am truly blessed to have a family that supports me that I love deeply and gave me such a solid foundation,” said Mrs. Roush. “As I get older, my faith has become very important and deep. I thank God every day for the blessings He has bestowed.” Certainly her faith and energy for life are infectious.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with husband Greg Roush.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cox Roush, pictured with husband Greg Roush.

I couldn’t conclude this article without sending my personal thank you and congratulations to “DCR.” The 2016 campaign wasn’t always easy and there were days were I thought, “Okay, enough.” I mean, I was the gay Republican running the Orange County Trump campaign…certainly not easy. And in my ear would be Mrs. Roush lifting me and reminding me this was bigger than me. She became a coach who led from behind. She’d cut through my chatter to interrupt me and say, “Okay, but what’s the solution?” More than anything, she became a friend. And in her new role she represents the work of so many that helped elect the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. I salute and congratulate her on behalf of over 1,300 volunteers in Orange County and so many more throughout the State of Florida. In her we all celebrate!

Mrs. Roush has her undergraduate degree in Education/History from Georgetown College and a Paralegal degree from Old Dominion College. She has received numerous professional awards, citations, and certificates. She resides in Washington D.C. with her husband Greg, a retired police officer.

I still follow Mrs. Roush and her uplifting post on Facebook each day. And while she now says, “Good Morning Washington DC” I look forward to… “For Today!”


Randy Ross is a political contributor for Florida National News. |


One Orlando Alliance Honored with Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2017 Distinguished…

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County…

Chadwick Hardee Files and Announces Bid for Orange County School…


Congressman Darren Soto Helps Secure Nearly $675,000 For Haines City…

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) announced today that Haines City Fire Rescue will…


Leading On-Demand Massage Provider Soothe Arrives in Tampa Bay and…

LOS ANGELES, (FNN NEWS) -- Soothe (, the world's largest and fastest-growing on-demand massage service, has officially launched in Tampa Bay and Sarasota. Soothe brings vetted, certified massage therapists to one's home, office, or hotel in as little as one hour, in a total of 55 cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. "We're pleased to serve the residents of Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Bradenton and…

34th National Night Out is Tuesday

WYNNEWOOD, Pa., (FNN NEWS) -- Citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses and local officials in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide will join forces to mark the 34th Annual National Night Out (NNO) – a police-community partnership event sponsored by the National Association of…

Trump says transgender people should be barred from military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the effort under President Barack Obama to open the armed services to transgender people. He did not…


One Orlando Alliance Honored with Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2017 Distinguished…

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners recognized several Community Champions and the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 22nd Annual Community Conference held at the Orange County Convention Center on July 15. The One Orlando Alliance was honored with Mayor Jacobs’ 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. Since its inception in…

Buccaneers place DE Jacquies Smith on PUP list ahead of…

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has placed defensive end Jacquies Smith on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. Players on the Active/PUP list still count on the team’s 90-man roster and can be activated at any time prior to the 53-player roster cuts. Buccaneers training camp opens Friday morning.

Orlando Magic Signed Rookie Forward Wesley Iwundu

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Wesley Iwundu (ih-WON-doo), President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Iwundu (6’7”, 193, 12/20/94) was selected in the second round (33rd overall) of NBA Draft 2017. He played in 132 career games (124 starts) during four years at Kansas State University, averaging…


Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home…

Amy Bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until Parkinson's and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall. Bernard is happy with her mother’s nursing home care, but it comes at a steep price: $7,000 per month, an amount that would…

Florida school board will challenge new charter school law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district is challenging a new state law that steers more money to privately-run charter schools. The Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday that the Broward County School Board voted to sue over the sweeping legislation pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. An attorney working for the district said that other school…

Maya Moise of Davie Florida Wins the Junior Individual Exhibit…

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maya Moise of Davie, Florida won first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day® Contest. Moise, a 7th grade student at American Heritage School, captivated judges with a project titled "Service Not Servitude" and was presented with this prestigious honor on June 15, 2017, the day…













2016 DAYTONA 500