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Denny Heck
Denny Heck.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 10
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Majority Leader, Washington House of Representatives
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$12.38 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,053,754
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House
Bachelor'sEvergreen State College
Date of birthJuly 29, 1952
Place of birthVancouver, Canada
Net worth(2012) $5,727,032
Office website
Campaign website
Denny Heck (b. June 15, 1965, in Vancouver, Washington) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 10th Congressional District, to which he was first elected in 2012.[1] Heck won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Heck is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Heck graduated from Evergreen State College. He co-founded TVW and won a Emmy for a documentary he wrote and produced. TVW is credited with the first-ever televised state court proceeding.[2] He served in Washington's House of Representatives from 1976 to 1986. During his time Washington's House, he served as majority leader. He also served as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner.[3][4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Heck's political career:

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Heck served on the following committees:[5][6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Heck's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Yea3.png Heck voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.pngHeck voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Heck voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Heck voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Heck voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Heck joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

King Amendment

Heck signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[17] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[18]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Heck voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Heck voted for HR 2775.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Heck voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Heck has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues


Nay3.png Heck voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

Heck's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Heck is a Moderate Liberal. Heck received a score of 68 percent on social issues and 34 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28]

Campaign themes


Heck listed the following issues on his website:

  • Social Security and Medicare

In the past few years we’ve seen a renewed effort by Republicans in Congress to dismantle Medicare and privatize Social Security. These vital programs have provided necessary medical assistance for millions of American seniors and have lifted millions more out of poverty. Congress needs to come up with ways of fixing these programs that don’t involve stripping seniors of benefits or coverage. [30]

  • Congress needs to ensure that TRICARE and the VA provide the highest quality medical care in the world to veterans, servicemembers and their families. Congress also needs to make sure our veterans get the education, job opportunities, benefits and mental healthcare necessary to help them all make the transition back into civilian life.[31]



See also: Washington's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Heck won re-election to the U.S. House to represent Washington's 10th District on November 4, 2014. Heck and former state Representative Joyce McDonald (R) were the top two vote-getters in the blanket primary.[32]

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Washington District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Heck Incumbent 54.7% 99,279
     Republican Joyce McDonald 45.3% 82,213
Total Votes 181,492
Source: Washington Secretary of State
Blanket primary
U.S. House, Washington District 10, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Heck Incumbent 51.4% 39,866
Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce McDonald 41.4% 32,119
Jennifer Ferguson 4.8% 3,730
Sam Wright 2.3% 1,781
Total Votes 77,496
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Washington's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Heck won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 10th District.[1] Heck and Richard Muri advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

The 10th District was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district was seen as favorable to Democrats.[34]

U.S. House, Washington District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Heck 58.6% 163,036
     Republican Richard Muri 41.4% 115,381
Total Votes 278,417
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 10 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Heck (D) 39.7% 51,047
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard "Dick" Muri (R) 28.2% 36,173
Stan Flemming (R) 15.5% 19,934
Jennifer Ferguson (D) 10.9% 14,026
Sue Gunn (Independent Progressive) 3.3% 4,295
Steve Hannon (Unaffiliated) 2.4% 3,025
Total Votes 128,500


On November 2, 2010, Herrera Beutler won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Denny Heck (D).[36]

U.S. House, Washington District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera 53% 152,799
     Democratic Denny Heck 47% 135,654
Total Votes 288,453

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Heck attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Heck's reports.[37]

Denny Heck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$57,410.58$155,096.86$(62,034.14)$150,473.30
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$150,473.30$251,687.87$(64,377.47)$337,783.70
October Quarterly[40]October 14, 2013$337,783.70$221,809.50$(65,164.04)$494,429.16
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$494,429$187,561$(58,072)$623,918
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$623,918.16$256,875.70$(58,811.48)$821,982.38
Running totals

Comprehensive donor information for Heck is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Heck raised a total of $2,053,754 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[43]

Denny Heck's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 10) Won $2,053,754
Grand Total Raised $2,053,754

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Heck won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Heck's campaign committee raised a total of $2,053,754 and spent $2,018,842.[44]

Cost per vote

Heck spent $12.38 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Heck's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,519,064 to $7,935,000. That averages to $5,727,032, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Heck ranked as the 66th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2011 and 2012, Heck‘s calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 18 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Denny Heck Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-18%
Average annual growth:-18%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Heck received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Washington's 10th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[50]

From 2009-2014, 21.74 percent of Heck's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Denny Heck Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,409,806
Total Spent $4,541,851
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$244,657
Leadership PACs$200,500
Building Trade Unions$178,250
% total in top industry6.69%
% total in top two industries11.21%
% total in top five industries21.74%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Heck was a "centrist Democrat" as of July 2014.[52]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Heck missed 41 of 1,104 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[54]

Heck most often votes with:

Heck least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Heck was one of three members of Congress who ranked 137th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[55]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Heck voted with the Democratic Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 111th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[56]


Heck voted with the Democratic Party 93.1 percent of the time, which ranked 100th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[57]


Heck is married with two sons.[3]

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  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 On The Issues, "Heck Vote Match," accessed July 6, 2014
  29. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  30. Campaign website, "Seniors" (dead link)
  31. Campaign website, "Military" (dead link)
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  33. Associated Press, "Primary Results"
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
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  41. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Denny Heck," accessed April 5, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Heck Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets, "Heck, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  50., "My Congressional District," accessed September 25, 2014
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  54. OpenCongress, "Rep. Denny Heck," accessed July 30, 2014
  55. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 30, 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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