|North Dakota State Senate District 23|
|2006 - present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||8|
|Per diem||Up to $1,351/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Valley City State University, 1967|
|Master's||Minot State University, 1995|
|Birthday||May 30, 1946|
|Place of birth||New Rockford, ND|
Heckaman earned her B.S. in Education from Valley City State University in 1967. She later received her M.S. in Special Education from Minot State University in 1995. Heckaman was a Special Ed Teacher for East Central Special Education from 1985 to 2004.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Heckaman served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heckaman served on these committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2011|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Heckaman served on these committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Human Services|
Heckaman was not opposed in the primary election on June 8, 2010.
|North Dakota Senate, District 23 (2010)|
|Joan Heckaman (D)||2,799||58.29%|
|Frank Walker (R)||1,998||41.61%|
On November 7, 2006, Heckaman was elected to the 23rd District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Preston Meier (R).  Heckaman raised $2,550 for his campaign, while Meier raised $5,757.
|North Dakota Senate, District 23 (2008)|
|Joan Heckaman (D)||2,975|
|Preston Meier (R)||1,818|
In 2010, Heckaman received $7,650 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|North Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joan Heckaman's campaign in 2010|
|North Dakota Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus||$1,250|
|Lignite Energy Council||$1,000|
|Boilermakers Local 647||$900|
|Friends Of Byron Dorgan||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$7,650|
In 2006, Heckaman collected $2,550 in donations.
These were her contributors.
|NORTH DAKOTA SENATE DEMOCRATIC-NPL CAUCUS||$1,250|
|NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES||$400|
|BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 647||$400|
North Dakota Legislative Review
- See also: North Dakota Legislative Review
The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization, published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council. Heckaman received a score of 33.33% on policy legislation and voted against 1.82% of state spending. On policy, Heckaman was ranked 43rd and on spending was ranked 45th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.
Heckaman and her husband, Duane, have four children. They currently reside in New Rockford, North Dakota.
- Biography from the North Dakota State Senate website
- Legislative profile Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000
- North Dakota candidate list
- North Dakota 2010 General Election Results
- 2010 North Dakota Primary Election Results
- 2006 election results, North Dakota Senate
- North Dakota Senate spending, 2006
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 2008 contributions
- North Dakota Policy Council "The North Dakota Legislative Review - 2011," accessed January 20, 2014
- North Dakota Policy Council "2011 North Dakota Legislative Review Rankings," accessed January 26, 2014
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