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State Fire Marshal


Debra Knight

Debra Knight, attorney and U.S. Army veteran, serves as the state’s fire marshal.

Knight brings more than 30 years of experience in administrative and criminal law, as well as insurance and compliance analysis. She joined the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) in 2013 after 20 years in private practice and the insurance industry.

Before being appointed state fire marshal, Knight served as the deputy commissioner of Compliance and Investigations for the Division of Workers’ Compensation, where she oversaw the investigation of administrative and criminal violations.

Before retiring in 2014 as a colonel in the United States Army, Knight served as the FEMA Region VI Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the U.S. Army in Texas.

She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

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Last updated: 8/14/2023