Debra Freidell Wirth grew up in Eaton County, graduated from Waverly HS 1970, Michigan State University 1974 and Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1977. She became licensed to practice law in Michigan in 1977 and began working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Igham County, and was a member of the Ingham County Employees Association (ISEA) Local 13 union. She maintains her license to practice law in Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice plaintiff's lawyers association.
Debra moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1983, and worked in non-legal jobs until she survived an automobile accident, which fractured her skull in 1988. IN the year it took to recover; she passed the Missouri and Kansas bar exams, then practices law from 1990-2009, primarily representing injured plaintiffs.
She returned to Michigan in late 2009, after her sisters introduced her to Steve Wirth on karaoke night at South Riley Bar, in Riley Township, earlier that year. Steven graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia HS, retired from the SOM Health Department, and now climbs, cuts and chips trees. They married Memorial Day weekend 2011. Her new stepdaughter Stefanie (22) is a student and works for the State of Michigan; her stepson Dustin (21) is a member of the Michigan National Guard, and expects to be deployed to Kuwait next year. Debra and her husband Steve now reside in Eagle Township in Clinton County.