Heinrich, Deborah W.

District towns: Guilford, Madison

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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

858 92 percent

Gina Russell Tracy

78 8 percent

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.