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Joe Heck
Joe Heck.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDina Titus (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$17.10 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$-3,961,133
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada Senate from the Clark 5 district
2004–2008
Education
Bachelor'sPenn State University
Master'sU.S. Army War College
M.D.Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1991–Present
Personal
BirthdayOctober 30, 1961
Place of birthQueens, New York
ProfessionOsteopathic Physician
Net worth$361,504
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Heck campaign logo
Joseph John "Joe" Heck (b. October 30, 1961, in Queens, New York) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nevada. Heck was elected by voters from Nevada's 3rd congressional district. He ran successfully for re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Heck has been in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1991. He has been called to active duty three times, including a deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.[2][3]

Heck is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Heck is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Heck was born in Queens, New York. He earned a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and his Doctor's of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He earned a Master's of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in 2006.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 1991-Present:Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Heck serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Heck served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Political positions

Health Care

Heck has indicated that he would work to repeal, repair, and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[7] His priorities include protecting the patient-physician relationship, reducing health care costs, and working to protect Medicare for Nevada’s seniors and preserving it for future generations.[8]

Economy

Heck has indicated that he has a plan to fast track tourist visas to boost the tourist industry in Southern Nevada.[8] He has noted his opposition to government tax burdens and red tape on on the private sector.[7]

Government Spending

Heck supports an audit of the Federal Reserve and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.[8]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Joe Heck endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Heck voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[11] For more information pertaining to Heck's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

American intervention in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Heck signed a letter asking President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria." The letter was sent August 28, 2013.[13]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[14]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Heck opposed 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.[14]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[16] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[16] Heck was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[16]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[17]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[16] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[16] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[16]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Heck supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[18] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[19]

Immigration

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House might face a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[20]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they would be less likely to vote for their current representative if he fails support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they would be less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members block immigration reform proposals.[20] Heck is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[20]

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Heck has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[24]

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Heck is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[25]

Heck is one of three vulnerable Republican members of the House, who represent substantially Hispanic districts, to be targeted by TV ads from Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC. The ads provide a preview to Democratic plans to turn immigration into a key issue and brand Republicans as unwilling to embrace immigration reform.[26][27][28][29]

2012

See also: Nevada's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Heck won re-election in 2012. He defeated Chris Dyer in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. After the election, the Sunlight Foundation listed four races where outside spending likely pushed the winner over the top. Heck was listed as one of the four, spurred on by more than $2 million in spending by independent groups, including the American Action Network and the National Republican Campaign Committee.[30] [31]

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Oceguera 42.9% 116,823
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Heck Incumbent 50.4% 137,244
     Independent American Party of Nevada Tom Jones 2.1% 5,600
     Independent Jim Murphy 4.7% 12,856
Total Votes 272,523
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S House, Nevada District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Heck Incumbent 90.1% 20,798
Chris Dyer 9.9% 2,298
Total Votes 23,096

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heck is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Heck raised a total of $3,961,133 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[33]

Joe Heck's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Nevada, District 3) Won $2,423,277
2010 US House (Nevada, District 3) Won $1,537,856
Grand Total Raised $3,961,133

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 Heck's reports.[34]

Joe Heck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]4/15/2013$231,236.32$169,940.84$(108,345.45)$292,831.71
July Quarterly[36]7/15/2013$292,831.71$431,795.36$(65,985.41)$658,641.66
Running totals
$601,736.2$(174,330.86)

Heck raised $385,030.83 in direct donations, and another $41,714.07 in transfers from committees affiliated with the campaign during the second quarter. He has a total of $658,641.66 cash on hand. Heck raised more than double any other Nevada representative.[37]

The list of donors to Heck's campaign includes Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, Sen. Dean Heller, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The donations are from their own campaign funds or their PACs.[37]

2012

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

Heck won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Heck's campaign committee raised a total of $2,423,277 and spent $2,346,654.[38]

Cost per vote

Heck spent $17.10 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Heck's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Heck was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,537,856 and spent $1,383,242.[39]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Heck is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 19, 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Heck missed 1 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to .1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[41]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Heck paid his congressional staff a total of $723,063 in 2011. Overall, Nevada ranks 50th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[42]

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 $128,010 to $594,999. That averages to $361,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 35.62% from 2010.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Heck's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $278,010 to $844,999. Averaging to a net worth of $561,504.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Heck tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 159th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Heck was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 215th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

Voting with party

2013

Joe Heck voted with the Republican Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Heck enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse. He and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.[48]

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Personal

Heck enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse. He and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.[49]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HECK, Joe, (1961 - )"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada "Full Biography"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HECK, Joe, (1961 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.lvrj.com/news/cold-shoulders-clash-in-heck-oceguera-congressional-debate-173815461.html Cold Shoulders Clash in Heck, Oceguera Congressional Debate] Las Vegas Review Journal
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Issues, Joe Heck for Congress.
  9. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. Vote Smart, "Heck's Political Summary", accessed September 16, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  17. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Vote Smart, "Heck on agriculture", accessed September 29, 2013
  19. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 29, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  26. Politico, "Ads target 3 House Republicans on immigration," July 18, 2013
  27. Roll Call "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013
  28. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  29. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  30. Sunlight Foundation "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle" November 7, 2012
  31. http://www.nvsos.gov/SilverState2012pri/congressional.aspx#AllRace1011
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joe Heck," Accessed April 18, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Heck 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  35. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  36. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  37. 37.0 37.1 Las Vegas Sun "Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions," Accessed July 17, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Joe Heck 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Joe Heck 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 14, 2011
  40. Gov Track "Joe Heck," Accessed June 19, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Heck," Accessed April 10, 2013
  42. LegiStorm, "Joe Heck," Accessed October 8, 2012
  43. OpenSecrets.org "Joe Heck (R-Nev), 2011," accessed February 13, 2013
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Heck (R-Nev), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 5, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada "Full Biography"
  49. Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada "Full Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Dina Titus
U.S. House of Representatives - Nevada, District 3
2011-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
Ann O'Connell
Nevada State Senate - Clark 5 District
2004-2008
Succeeded by
Shirley Breeden