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Joe Heck
Joe Heck.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 3
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorDina Titus (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 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
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
Date of birthOctober 30, 1961
Place of birthQueens, New York
ProfessionOsteopathic Physician
Net worth$305,004.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took 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.


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.[2]


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


Heck serves on the following committees:[4]


Heck served on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 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

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.[8]


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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Heck supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Heck supported 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


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.[11] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[11] Heck was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[11]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[12]

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.[11] 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.[11] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[11]

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.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[15] 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.[16] Heck voted to support the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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 funded 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]


Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House may have faced 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.[19]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they were less likely to vote for their representative if he failed to support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they were less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members blocked immigration reform proposals.[19] Heck was one of the seven representatives who served in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[19]

Morton Memos 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Heck has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues


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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[24]

Campaign themes



Heck has indicated that he would work to repeal, repair, and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25] 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.[26]


Heck has indicated that he has a plan to fast track tourist visas to boost the tourist industry in Southern Nevada.[26] He has noted his opposition to government tax burdens and red tape on the private sector.[25]

Government Spending

Heck supports an audit of the Federal Reserve and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.[26]

Presidential preference


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

Joe Heck endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [27]



See also: Nevada's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Heck ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 3rd District. Heck sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 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.[28]

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.[29][30][31][32]


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.[33][34]

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.[36]

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


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.[37]

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.[47]

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.[47]


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.[48]

Cost per vote

Heck spent $17.10 per vote received in 2012.


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.[49]


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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Heck's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $99,010 and $510,999. That averages to $305,004.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Heck ranked as the 315th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

Joe Heck Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


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.[54]


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.[55]

Voting with party


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.[56]


Heck enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse. He and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.[3]

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External links

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  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HECK, Joe, (1961 - )"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada, "Full Biography"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Joe Heck, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Nevada, "Committees and Caucuses"
  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. Project Vote Smart, "Heck's Political Summary," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  12. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on agriculture," accessed September 29, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 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. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Joe Heck's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 29, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Heck on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Cold Shoulders Clash in Heck, Oceguera Congressional Debate"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Joe Heck for Congress, "Issues"
  27. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  28. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," accessed April 22, 2013
  29. Politico, "Ads target 3 House Republicans on immigration," accessed July 18, 2013
  30. Roll Call, "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets," accessed July 16, 2013
  31. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  32. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  33. Sunlight Foundation, "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle," accessed November 7, 2012
  34. Nevada Secretary of State, "U.S. House of Representatives"
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Joe Heck," accessed April 18, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Heck 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  38. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  40. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  41. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed November 24, 2014
  42. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  43. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  44. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  46. FEC, "Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  47. 47.0 47.1 Las Vegas Sun, "Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions," accessed July 17, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Joe Heck 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Joe Heck 2010 Election Data," accessed November 14, 2011
  50. GovTrack, "Joe Heck," accessed June 19, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Heck," accessed April 10, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Joe Heck," accessed October 8, 2012
  53. Open Secrets, "Joe Heck (R-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 5, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dina Titus
U.S. House of Representatives - Nevada, District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ann O'Connell
Nevada State Senate - Clark 5 District
Succeeded by
Shirley Breeden