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Debra Heffernan
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Delaware House of Representatives District 6
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware
Master'sEnvironmental Toxicology, Duke University
Office website
Personal website
Debra J. Heffernan is a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 6. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Heffernan earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Duke University. Heffernan is an environmental toxicologist who has worked in private industry and as a consultant for Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Heffernan served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Finance
Natural Resources, Chair
Veterans Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heffernan served on these committees:



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Debra Heffernan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kyle K. Buzzard was unopposed in the Republican primary. Heffernan defeated Buzzard in the general election. Lee Murphy (R) was removed from the ballot before the primary.[1][2][3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Heffernan Incumbent 63.4% 4,620
     Republican Kyle K. Buzzard 36.6% 2,662
Total Votes 7,282


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heffernan ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 6. Heffernan ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and was challenged by Eric Taylor in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Heffernan Incumbent 62.4% 7,502
     Republican Eric Taylor 37.6% 4,529
Total Votes 12,031


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Heffernan defeated incumbent Republican Thomas Kovach and Libertarian Matthew John Flebbe in the November 2 general election.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 6
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debra Heffernan (D) 4,263 51.9%
Thomas Kovach (R) 3,856 46.9%
Matthew John Flebbe (L) 97 1.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heffernan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Heffernan raised a total of $77,257 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[6]

Debra Heffernan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 6 Won $45,409
2010 Delaware State House, District 6 Won $31,848
Grand Total Raised $77,257


Heffernan won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Heffernan raised a total of $45,409.
Delaware House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Debra Heffernan's campaign in 2012
New Castle County Democratic Cmte$1,000
Cozen Oconnor Pc$600
Delaware State Afl-cio$600
6th Representative District New Castle County Democratic Cmte$600
Service Employees Local 32bj$600
Total Raised in 2012$45,409
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Heffernan raised $31,848 in contributions.[7]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Heffernan, Debra $5,167
Delaware Democratic Party $1,500
New Castle County Democratic Cmte $1,000


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "social and economic justice issues."


Heffernan and her husband, Patrick, have three children.

She has been president of the Brandywine School Board since 2008, having been originally elected to the board in 2005.[9]

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Preceded by
Thomas Kovach
Delaware House District 6
Succeeded by