Joe Heilman

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Joe Heilman
Joe Heilman.jpg
North Dakota House of Representatives District 45
Former member
In office
December 1, 2010 - 2014
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University, 2009
ProfessionProduct Manager
Joe Heilman is a former Republican member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 45 from 2010 to 2014. Heilman did not seek re-election in 2014.


Heilman earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from North Dakota State University. His professional experience includes working as a product manager at Appareo Systems, LLC.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Heilman served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heilman served on the following committees:


Law enforcement drones

On January 21, 2013, Heilman, fellow Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Curt Hofstad, David Monson, Karen Rohr, Nathan Toman, Ben Hanson and Senator Margaret Sitte introduced HB 1373 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by law enforcement agencies. This bill would have required agencies to receive a court warrant for any drone use, and such warrants would only be obtainable for felony investigations. Exceptions would have been made for drones used to patrol the Canadian border, aid law enforcement agencies where there is "reasonable suspicion" that quick action is necessary and evaluate damage during and after natural disasters. HB 1373 would also have allowed people injured by governmental violation of these restrictions to sue the offending law enforcement agencies. The bill would have expressly prohibited surveillance by drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons, private surveillance of other private parties without informed consent and surveillance of people exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.[2][3] On January 28, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill. After an amendment and a second reading, the House voted to pass the bill 60-31 on February 22, 2014. After the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended that the bill not be passed, Section 9 was split from the rest of the bill; they respectively failed by votes of 9-35 and 3-41.[4]

"Caylee's Law"

Heilman was one of several lawmakers around the nation who planned to introduce legislation known as "Caylee's Law." Named after the child whose death lead to the Casey Anthony murder trial, the legislation proposed a range of provisions mandating timely reporting of missing or deceased children.[5][6]



See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Heilman won election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Heilman and incumbent Ed Gruchalla (D) defeated Andrew Marschall and Prairie Rose Seminole (D).[7][8]

North Dakota State House, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Heilman (R) 2,350
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Gruchalla (D) 1,923
Andrew Marschall (R) 1,915
Prairie Rose Seminole (D) 1,379

Campaign donors


In 2010, Heilman received $6,232 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of North Dakota scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.


In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[10] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", 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.[11] Heilman received a score of 55.42% on policy legislation and voted against 2.25% of state spending. Heilman was ranked 39th on policy and 82nd on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[12]


Heilman has been a resident of Fargo, North Dakota.[1]

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Joe + Heilman + North + Dakota + House'"

All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.

Joe Heilman News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link