|U.S. House, Washington, District 10|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Evergreen State College|
|Date of birth||July 29, 1952|
|Place of birth||Vancouver, Canada|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.2 Campaign themes
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 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 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.
Heck serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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. 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 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.
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.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
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 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. 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 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. 
- 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.
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 is 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.
|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|
Cost per vote
Heck spent $12.38 per vote received in 2012.
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%, which is better than the median of 2.2% 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:
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.
Voting with party
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.
Heck is married with two sons.
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- Media coverage:
- CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- The National Jounral "Denny Heck," accessed July, 2013
- Television Washington "Official Website," accessed July 2013
- Campaign website
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- 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
- Vote Smart, "Heck on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- 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 Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
- Campaign website "Seniors"
- Campaign website "Military"
- AP 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
- GovTrack, "Denny Heck," Accessed April 11, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Denny Heck," Accessed August 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Heck (D-Washington), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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