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Dean Heller

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Jim Gibbons

Born May 10, 1960 (1960-05-10) (age 49)
Castro Valley, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynne Heller
Children Hilary Heller
Harris Heller
Drew Heller
Emmy Heller
Residence Carson City, Nevada
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Stock broker
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dean Heller (born May 10, 1960) is an American politician who represents Nevada's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He had previously served as Nevada's Secretary of State.


Early life, education and early career

Heller is long time resident of Carson City -- moving there from his birthplace of Castro Valley, CA, at the age of 9 months -- and a graduate of Carson High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, specializing in finance and securities analysis, from the University of Southern California in 1985.[1]

Heller was a founding board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada and the Western Nevada Community College Foundation.[2] He is an advisory board member for Nevada's Foster Grandparent program.[3]

Prior to entering politics, Heller worked as an institutional stockbroker and as a broker/trader on the Pacific Stock Exchange. [4]

Heller served as the Chief Deputy State Treasurer prior to his election to the Nevada Assembly. He served two terms in the Nevada Assembly from 1990 to 1994.[5] While in this legislature, Heller authored a bill to reform state retirement pensions.

Heller and his wife, Lynne, have four children.[6] Heller is the son of famed stock car driver Jack "Blackjack" Heller.[7]

Secretary of State of Nevada

Heller was elected Secretary of State of Nevada in 1994, and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002, served in this capacity from 1995 to 2006 -- when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives.

As secretary, Heller made Nevada the first state in the nation to implement an auditable paper trail to electronic voting machines.[8]

The Secretary of State of Nevada is the third highest-ranking constitutional officer in the State -- serving as the state's chief elections officer.[9] The office includes the elections division, commercial recordings division, securities fraud division and the notary division. The Secretary is also is an ex-officio member of Nevada's Board of Examiners (which includes the governor and attorney general), State Prison Board, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

U.S. House


Committee assignments

Political positions


On 2007-07-19, Heller voted for an amendment that would have cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations.[10]

Card check

Heller opposes the Employee Free Choice Act, proposed legislation that would effectively eliminate secret ballots in union organizing elections and subject employers and employees to mandatory arbitration when negotiating union contracts.[11] In stating his objection to this proposed legislation, Heller said that it could cause the loss of 600,000 jobs within two years of enactment:

"This legislation at its core will threaten American jobs and harm small and large businesses alike that are already struggling to make ends meet. In fact, a recent economic study found that if the Employee Free Choice Act becomes law, 600,000 jobs could be lost by the end of 2010. Our country and Nevada cannot afford this. Any further job losses created by the Employee Free Choice Act would be devastating to Nevada workers who in some communities are facing unemployment rates as high as 15.1%."

Energy security

Heller has voted in support of the development of domestic oil, gas and coal. (Nevada has no in-state reserves of any of these fuels.) He has repeatedly voted against the tax policies needed for development of renewable energy.

Although huge solar power projects are being planned for southern Nevada, Heller voted against on establishing federal tax policy needed to build them.

Government bailouts

Heller opposed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 that created the Troubled Asset Relief Program (also known as TARP) to bailout the financial industry.[12] Heller stated the reason he opposed this bill was:

"The core of this legislation is still flawed and puts Nevada's taxpayers on the hook to pay for a massive bailout of Wall Street. There are solutions to this problem that do not place current taxpayers and future generations at risk or push our country further in debt."

Heller also opposed the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act of 2008, also known as the auto bailout.[13] Heller stated the reason he opposed this bill was:

"Another month, another bailout. Congress is asking the American people again to bailout another industry in these tough economic times. Congress should focus on real economic reforms that generate jobs instead of continuing to bailout individual industries with taxpayer dollars. This is nothing more than a band aid that does not fix the much larger economic problems we have in our country."

Minimum wage

Heller voted to increase the federal minimum wage and provide tax breaks for small businesses.

Western issues

Heller is Policy Chair of the Western Caucus, playing a leading role in advocating for issues that impact western U.S. states.[14]

Electoral history

2006 congressional race

Heller announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in 2005. On August 15, 2006, he narrowly won the Republican primary for the congressional seat being vacated by 10-year incumbent Jim Gibbons, who was running for governor. Heller received 24,781 votes to Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's 24,353. Dawn Gibbons, a former State Assemblywoman and wife of the incumbent, finished third with 17,328 votes.

Heller defeated University of Nevada Regent and Democratic candidate Jill Derby in the November general election by 5 percent [1]. Heller lost Washoe County, home to Reno and by far the largest county in the district (it casts more than 70 percent of the district's vote). However, he won most of the rural areas of the district by margins of 2-to-1 or more, allowing him to win the district by 12,600 votes. Heller was almost certainly helped by the presence of Gibbons atop the ballot; Gibbons carried the 2nd by a landslide margin in his successful gubernatorial bid.

2008 congressional race

See: United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada, 2008

2010 election

In 2009, Heller has been rumored to be a candidate to challenge embattled Republican incumbent Governor Jim Gibbons or Democratic United States Senator Harry Reid in 2010.[15]

However, Congressman Heller has denied such claims and instead has decided to focus on his 2010 reelection campaign.


  1. ^ "RGJ 2006 Voter Guide", Reno Gazette-Journal
  2. ^ "RGJ 2006 Voter Guide", Reno Gazette-Journal
  3. ^ "RGJ 2006 Voter Guide", Reno Gazette-Journal
  4. ^ State of Nevada Website
  5. ^ "Dean Heller U.S. Congress District 2", Nevada Appeal, October 18, 2008
  6. ^ "RGJ 2006 Voter Guide", Reno Gazette-Journal
  7. ^ Candidates, Associated Press, Updated March 18, 2009
  8. ^ Farhad Manjoo, "The downloading of the president '04", Salon, August 24, 2004
  9. ^ "RGJ 2006 Voter Guide", Reno Gazette-Journal
  10. ^ United States House of Representatives Roll Call
  11. ^ Heller Letter to Pelosi: Card Check Bill Will Cost Jobs, Congressman Heller - U.S. House of Representatives, March 12, 2009
  12. ^ Deborah Barfield Berry, "Heller Votes Against Bailout", Reno Gazette Journal, October 4, 2008
  13. ^ Heller Statement on Auto Bailout, Congressman Heller - U.S. House of Representatives, December 10, 2008
  14. ^ "Heller named to policy seat in Western Caucus", Nevada Appeal, February 7, 2009
  15. ^ Brendan Riley, "Congressman hedges on Senate bid", Associated Press, April 17, 2009

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Gibbons
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Cheryl Lau
Nevada Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Ross Miller


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