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Debra Heffernan


District 6


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Debra Heffernan

Rep. Heffernan is the former President of the Brandywine School Board and an environmental toxicologist with more than 30 years of experience. She has served on the state’s Hazardous Substances Cleanup Act (HSCA) Advisory Committee (originally named the Brownfields Advisory Committee), which works to protect Delawareans from pollutants while making the state greener and more economically viable. 

Rep. Heffernan is a member of the Bellefonte Lions Club and volunteers with local nonprofits and Special Olympics of Delaware. She has been a resident of Edgewood Hills for more than 30 years, where she lives with her husband, Pat and has three children in their 20’s that all graduated from Brandywine School District schools.

Rep. Heffernan is proud to have been selected by Parenting magazine as Delaware’s 2010 Outstanding Mom Advocate for Education and represented Delaware at the inaugural Mom Congress held in Washington, D.C. She is a multi-year recipient of the Legislative Service Award from the Delaware State Council for Persons with Disabilities and was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

Throughout her career, Rep. Heffernan has championed legislation for teachers, families, people with disabilities and caregivers. She was the author of Delaware’s parental leave law for state employees and teachers, and a lead sponsor of the Healthy Delaware Families Act, which provided paid family and medical leave for all workers in Delaware.

Family

Spouse: Patrick; Children: Margaret, Jake and Charlotte

Education

Caesar Rodney High School; University of Delaware, B.A. in Biology; Duke University, M.S. Environmental Toxicology

Occupation

Environmental Toxicologist, Former President of Brandywine School Board

Legislative Service:

House, 2010 - Present

Committees:

Capital Infrastructure, Co-Chair

Agriculture, Member

Health & Human Development, Member

Natural Resources & Energy, Chair

Veterans Affairs, Member

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Legislative Highlights


House Bill 364


This Act provides a registration system for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. At the present time, individuals and organizations who are not certified to provide interpreting services are presenting themselves as acceptable/qualified interpreters without consequence. This is extremely problematic for […]

House Bill 454


This Act revises the Code to be consistent with federal law. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) requires states to make a free appropriate public education (FAPE) available to all children with disabilities “between the ages of 3 […]

House Bill 467


This bill requires a school district, charter school, or the Department of Education to update a former student’s records to include the student’s updated legal name or gender if the former student’s government-issued documentation is received demonstrating the former student’s […]

House Bill 475


This Bill is the Fiscal Year 2023 Bond and Capital Improvements Act. […]

Mentions


House Passes Record-Setting Capital Budget for Fiscal 2023

DOVER – The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a state-record $1.4 billion capital budget that will fund investments in school construction in all three counties, transportation projects across the state and various initiatives to protect Delaware’s natural resources. House Bill […]

House Passes Healthy Delaware Families Act

DOVER – The House on Thursday passed landmark legislation that would make paid family and medical leave a reality for thousands of working Delaware families. Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Bill 1, The Healthy Delaware Families Act, would provide eligible […]