|U.S. House, Idaho, District 2|
|High school||Bonneville High School (1963)|
|Bachelor's||Brigham Young University|
Heileson grew up in Iona, Idaho.
- 1963: Bonneville High School
- Ricks College
- Brigham Young University, Political Science
After high school Heileson joined the National Guard and spent seven months in active duty stateside followed by four years in the active reserve. He also served a one year tour of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Heileson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Idaho's 2nd District. Heileson was defeated in seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.  Heileson faces incumbent Mike Simpson and John Baird in the Republican primary. Nicole LeFavour defeated Jack Wayne Chappell in the Democratic primary. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 9, 2012. The primary elections were held on May 15, 2012.
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