Debbie Benefield

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Debbie Benefield
Colorado House of Representatives District 29
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Businesswoman
Debbie Benefield was a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 29th District from 2005 to 2011.

Benefield has worked as a financial manager, Executive Director of the North Jefferson County Swim Team, and is a small business owner.

She in on the Board of Step Up: Arvada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Build a Generation: Create a Healthy Community, and is President of the Jefferson County Parent Teacher Association.[1]

Issue positions

Benefield did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Benefield voted against Colorado Senate Bill 57, also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures. Benefield received substantial campaign contributions from the Colorado Education Association and Jefferson County Education Association, both of which lobbied against the bill's passage.[3]

Committee assignments

Benefield's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1065 - Educator Identifier Pilot Program
  • HB 09-1107 - HOA Limits On Energy Efficiency Measures
  • HB 09-1342 - Eliminate Cigarette Sales Tax Exemption

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Benefield ran for re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Benefield was defeated by Robert Ramirez (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 29 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Ramirez (R) 12,738
Debbie Benefield (D) 12,541


On November 4, 2008, Benefield won re-election to the 29th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Mary Arnold (R).[4]

Benefield raised $78,870 for her campaign, while Arnold raised $1,501.[5]

Colorado State House, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Benefield (D) 19,109
Mary Arnold (R) 13,692

Campaign donors


Below are Benefield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Democratic Party House Majority Project $16,400
Jefferson County Education Assoc $4,450
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,250
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
AFSCME $3,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado House District 29
Succeeded by
Robert Ramirez