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Denny Heck
Denny Heck.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 10
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,053,754
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House
1976-1986
Education
Bachelor'sEvergreen State College
Personal
BirthdayJuly 29, 1952
Place of birthVancouver, Canada
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$6,827,033
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Denny Heck (b. June 15, 1965) 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 and is currently serving his first term.[1]

Heck is running for re-election in Washington's 10th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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).[2] TVW is credited with the first-ever televised state court proceeding.[3]

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.

Biography

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 the 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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Heck serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[6] For more information pertaining to Heck's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Heck voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Heck voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Heck voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

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.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. 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.

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Heck has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Campaign themes

2012

Heck listed some of his platform 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. [18]

  • 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.[19]

Elections

2012

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.[20]

The 10th district was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district is seen as favorable to Democrats.[21]

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 Open 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
[22]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Herrera Beutler won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Denny Heck (D).[23]

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

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.[24]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Webster's reports.[25]

Denny Heck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]4/15/2013$57,410.58$155,096.86$(62,034.14)$150,473.30
July Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$150,473.30$251,687.87$(64,377.47)$337,783.70
Running totals
$406,784.73$(126,411.61)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Heck's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[28]

Cost per vote

Heck spent $12.38 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Heck missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[29]

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.[30]

Heck most often votes with:

Heck least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Heck's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,219,067 and $9,435,000. That averages to $6,827,033, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[31]

Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Denny Heck has voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 100 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[32]

Personal

Heck is married with two sons.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. The National Jounral "Denny Heck," accessed July, 2013
  3. Television Washington "Official Website," accessed July 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campaign website
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Heck on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  18. Campaign website "Seniors"
  19. Campaign website "Military"
  20. AP Primary Results
  21. Politico "Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats," December 28, 2011
  22. Our Campaigns, "WA District 10 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Denny Heck," Accessed April 5, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Denny Heck 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Heck Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Denny Heck," Accessed April 11, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Rep. Denny Heck," Accessed August 8, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Heck (D-Washington), 2011"
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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