Denny Heck

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Denny Heck
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U.S. House, Washington, District 10
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$6,827,033
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. Heck was first elected to district 10 in 2012 and is currently serving his first term.[1]

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

Prior to his election in the House served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives as well as founder of a television channel modeled after C-SPAN called TVW. [2]

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 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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Heck serves on the following committees:[4]


Campaign themes


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. [5]

  • 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.[6]



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.[7]

The 10th district was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district is seen as favorable to Democrats.[8]

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


On November 2, 2010, Herrera Beutler won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Denny Heck (D).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera 53% 152,799
     Democrat 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.[11]

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


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.[12]


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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[14]

Voting with party

July 2013

Denny Heck voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 100 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[15]


Heck is married with two sons.[3]

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U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, 10th District
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