• Jack Markell signing Employment First legislation with Debra Heffernan
    Advocate
    Debra was prime sponsor of the Employment First Act, which promotes employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill in July 2012 in front of an enthusiastic audience.
  • Debra Heffernan at the ribbon cutting of the Food Lion Supermarket at Merchant's Square,
    Economic Development
    Debra cutting the ribbon to open the new Food Lion, which is helping to revitalize the neglected shopping area at Merchant's Square.
  • Debra Heffernan introducing her bill which makes Home Invasion a felony and imposes stiff penalties on criminals who target seniors.
    Public Safety
    Thanks to a bill introduced by Debra, Delaware law now classifies home invasion as a felony and imposes stiffer penalties on perpetrators. Pictured during a discussion of the law are (from left) Sen. Harris McDowell, Rep. Dennis E. Williams, Debra and Attorney General Beau Biden.
  • Growlers !
    When a constituent wanted to grow his business by selling Craft Beer in Growlers like neighboring states, Debra helped him get the law changed.
  • Supporting First Responders
    Governor Jack Markell at Bellefonte's Brandywine Fire Company signing Debra's bill into law that protects the jobs of volunteer first responders who miss work during a State of Emergency or who are injured while responding.
  • Keeping Children Safe Online
    Debra was prime sponsor of the bill that strengthened laws protecting children from online predators and increasing penalties for offenders.
  • Debra Heffernan speaking at the signing of her People First bill
    Respect
    Debra speaking at the Can Do Playground on the day Governor Jack Markell signed her People First bill into law.
  • Debra Heffernan Education Proposals
    Education
    Debra currently serves on House Education Committee. Before being elected to the General Assembly, she was president of the Brandywine School District Board of Education.
  • Responsiveness
    Debra speaks regularly with residents of the 6th district and is always available for gatherings such as this lunch at Sellers Senior Center.
  • Helping All Communities
    Self-advocates and advocates for Delawareans with Disabilities at Legislative Hall thanking Legislators for passing legislation helping people with disabilities.
  • Debra Heffernan at the Mom Congress
    A History of Service
    Debra was selected by Parenting magazine as Delaware's Outstanding Mom Advocate for Education and was Delaware's representative to the inaugural Mom Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Debra Heffernan Environmental Expertise
    Environmental Expertise
    Debra is chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and was a key member of the team that cleaned up the Wilmington riverfront.
  • Debra Heffernan at the unveiling of the historic marker at the Grubb-Worth Mansion in Claymont.
    Historic Preservation
    Fr. John Gayton, pastor of Holy Rosary, at the unveiling of a historical marker, sponsored by Debra, for the Grubb-Worth Mansion in Claymont.
                   
  • Current State Representative, 6th District
  • Former President, Brandywine School Board
  • Environmental toxicologist with two decades of experience
  • Delaware Brownfields Advisory Committee member
  • Delaware’s Outstanding Mom Advocate for Education
  • Founding member, Brandywine Special Needs PTA
  • Former PTA co-president, Bush Early Education Center

Since being elected to the Delaware state House of Representives in 2010, Debra has been working hard. She has sponsored key legislation on public saftey, the environment, education and in support of citizens with disabilities.