|U.S. House, Washington, District 10|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$12.38 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||August 5, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Evergreen State College|
|Birthday||July 29, 1952|
|Place of birth||Vancouver, Canada|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.1 National security
- 3.1.2 Economy
- 3.1.3 Immigration
- 3.1.4 Healthcare
- 3.1.5 Social issues
- 3.2 Campaign themes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Prior to his election in the House, Heck served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives, as well as founder and CEO of a television channel modeled after C-SPAN called TVW (Television Washington). TVW is credited with the first-ever televised state court proceeding.
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 is a small business owner. He co-founded TVW and won a Emmy for a documentary he wrote and produced. He previously served in Washington's State House of Representatives in the 1980s and served as majority leader until 1986. He also served as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Heck's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
Heck 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Heck voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% 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.
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. The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.. 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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On 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. 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. Heck voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally 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. 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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Heck has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
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. 
- 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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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.|
Heck won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 10th District. Heck and Richard Muri advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.
The 10th District was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district was seen as favorable to Democrats.
|U.S. House, Washington District 10 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Washington District 3, 2010|
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.
|Denny Heck's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Washington, District 10)||$2,053,754|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,053,754|
|Denny Heck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$57,410.58||$155,096.86||$(62,034.14)||$150,473.30|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$150,473.30||$251,687.87||$(64,377.47)||$337,783.70|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2013||$337,783.70||$221,809.50||$(65,164.04)||$494,429.16|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$494,429||$187,561||$(58,072)||$623,918|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$623,918.16||$256,875.70||$(58,811.48)||$821,982.38|
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.
Cost per vote
Heck spent $12.38 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Washington District 10, 2012 - Denny Heck Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$257,425|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$256,741|
|Top contributors to Denny Heck's campaign committee|
|State of Washington||$28,660|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$18,500|
|New Democrat Coalition||$13,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$71,500|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- 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:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The K-Street Metric
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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. Between 2011 and 2012, Heck‘s calculated net worth 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.
|Denny Heck Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-18%|
|Average annual growth:||-18%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Heck missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.
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.
Heck most often votes with:
Heck least often votes with:
Voting with party
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.
Heck is married with two sons.
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- Media coverage:
- CNN, "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- The National Journal, "Denny Heck," accessed July, 2013
- Television Washington, "Official Website," accessed July 2013
- Campaign website, "About"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
- Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
- Campaign website, "Seniors"
- Campaign website, "Military"
- On The Issues, "Heck Vote Match," accessed July 6, 2014
- 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.
- Associated Press, "Primary Results"
- Politico, "Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats," December 28, 2011
- Our Campaigns, "WA District 10 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Denny Heck," accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Heck 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Heck Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Heck, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- 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).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- GovTrack, "Denny Heck," accessed April 11, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Denny Heck," accessed August 8, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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