District towns: Guilford, Madison
Election history: Heinrich unseated six-term Republican Peter A. Metz in 2004, breaking the GOP’s decades-long hold on the seat.
2008 general election
|Deborah W. Heinrich (D)||8,080||62 percent|
|Jeanne Stevens (R)||4,970||38 percent|
2008 Democratic primary
Deborah W. Heinrich
Gina Russell Tracy
Public financing: Heinrich received $9,183.63 in public financing for her primary campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and $25,000 for the general election. She returned a surplus to the state of $80.26. Stevens received $24,814.03 and returned $2,253.92.
Background: As a second-term legislator in 2007, Heinrich took on a high-profile role in the successful push to require hospitals to provide emergency contraception for sexual-assault victims, revealing she was raped as a college freshman.
She has broken with the Democratic majority on fiscal issues. She was one of nine Democrats in the House to vote against Democratic budget for 2009-2010. In December 2009, she was one of five House Democrats to vote against the Democratic deficit-mitigation plan.
Heinrich is a scientist by training with an undergraduate degree in zoology and a doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics.
She lives with her husband and two children in Madison.
Committees: Appropriations, Education, Public Health
Education: B.S., Duke University; Ph.D., Emory University
Occupation: Owner, Childbirth Education for Thinking Women
2008 Financial Disclosure: Heinrich reported outside income from her childbirth education business. Her husband, Russell Heinrich, is employed by Covidien, a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They own a home in Madison.
They own mutual funds and stocks in more than a dozen companies, including Allstate, AT&T, American Electric Power, Avon, Bank of America, Chevron, Covidien, Kimberly Clark and Wellpoint.
Heinrich filed a confidential addendum listing any debts in excess of $10,000. She declined to waive confidentiality, as allowed by law.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.