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
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, in Vancouver, Canada) 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 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, 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.


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


Heck serves on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Heck's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


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]

DHS 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]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


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.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[14] 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.[15] Heck voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" 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 funds 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.[17] 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.[18]


Morton Memos 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Heck has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues


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.[22]

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. [23]

  • 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.[24]



See also: Washington's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Heck ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 10th District. Heck sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[25]

The 10th District was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district is seen as favorable to Democrats.[26]

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 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).[28]

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.[29]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Heck's reports.[30]


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.[36]

Cost per vote

Heck spent $12.38 per vote received in 2012.


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.[37]

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.[38]

Heck most often votes with:

Heck least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[39]

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.[40]


Heck is married with two sons.[4]

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  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., 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 CISPA (2013) (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., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  23. Campaign website "Seniors"
  24. Campaign website "Military"
  25. AP Primary Results
  26. Politico "Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats," December 28, 2011
  27. Our Campaigns, "WA District 10 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Denny Heck," Accessed April 5, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Heck 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  36. Open Secrets "Heck Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Denny Heck," Accessed April 11, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Denny Heck," Accessed August 8, 2013
  39., "Heck (D-Washington), 2011"
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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