|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Washington's 10th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Member of the Washington House of Representatives|
from the 17th district
January 10, 1977 – January 11, 1985
|Preceded by||Eugene Laughlin|
|Succeeded by||Kim Peery|
|Born||July 29, 1952|
Vancouver, Washington, U.S.
Paula Fruci (m. 1976)
|Education||Evergreen State College (BA)|
Portland State University
Dennis Lynn Heck (born July 29, 1952) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Washington's 10th congressional district since 2013. The district is based in the state capital of Olympia, and also includes much of eastern Tacoma.
Heck was previously the Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative for the 3rd district in 2010, but was defeated by Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican. In 2012 Heck ran and won in the newly created 10th district, defeating Republican Dick Muri.
Heck served as Chief of Staff to Washington Governor Booth Gardner from 1990 to 1993. Previously, he was Majority Leader of the Washington State House of Representatives and Chief Clerk of the House. He founded and served as CEO of TVW, the state equivalent of C-SPAN. From 1999 to 2012, he served on the board of directors of Intrepid Learning Solutions, which he co-founded with Christopher Hedrick.
Early life, education, and business career
Heck was born in Vancouver, Washington in 1952, and raised in the Lake Shore area of Clark County where he graduated from Columbia River High School. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1973.
Heck was the co-founder and from 1999 to 2012 was board director of Intrepid Learning Solutions, a company specializing in business oriented education and training programs. He helped found Digital Efficiency which specializes in aiding businesses and medical facilities in transferring toward an all digital format. Heck helped found TVW, the public affairs network for the state. TVW provides coverage of the Washington State Legislature and sessions of the Washington Supreme Court.
Heck is the author of Challenges and Opportunities: The Transformation of Washington's Schools, published in 1987.
Washington House of Representatives
Starting in 1976, Heck was elected to five terms in the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 17th Legislative District in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties. During that time he was elected Majority Leader, the second-ranking position in the House. He also co-chaired the Education Committee and wrote the state's historic Basic Education Act.
U.S. House of Representatives
Heck announced his candidacy to replace the retiring Democratic incumbent Brian Baird. He won the primary with 31% of the vote and faced runner-up Republican Jaime Herrera, who won 28% of the vote.
Heck indicated in the spring of 2011 that he would run for Congress again in 2012. Soon after the state's redistricting commission announced tentative maps, Heck announced that he was running for the newly created 10th District, based in Olympia. In the general election on November 6, 2012, Heck defeated Republican challenger Dick Muri to become the district's first congressman.
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Committee on Financial Services
Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act
Since 2013, Heck has introduced (along with Rep. Ed Perlmutter) legislation to improve access to banking and financial services for cannabis businesses. Initially known as the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, it was rebranded as the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in 2017. On September 25, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Banking Act by a 321–103 vote, marking the first time that either chamber of Congress has approved a standalone cannabis reform bill.
|1984||Dennis L. Heck||21,130||66.50%||Steve Moore||10,645||33.50%|
|1982||Dennis L. Heck||15,080||64.48%||Suzanne Taylor-Moore||8,308||35.52%|
|1980||Dennis L. Heck||28,302||71.64%||Elizabeth G. Spires||11,202||28.36%|
|1978||Dennis L. Heck||16,486||69.37%||David H. Miller||7,278||30.63%|
|1976||Dennis L. Heck||17,998||59.15%||Eddie McAninch||12,428||40.85%|
Heck and his wife Paula Fruci, married since 1976, have two sons.
Heck wrote and self-published a mystery novel entitled The Enemy You Know. In 2008, he wrote and performed a one-man play, Our Times to several sold out audiences. He and his wife, Paula, who directed the play, donated all proceeds to local charities.
Heck has supported numerous organizations within Washington, both actively and as a past contributor. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Evergreen State College. He serves on the Board for the Washington State History Museum. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Washington Learns Commission; a long-term strategy to improve the education system of Washington.
Dennis L. Heck, Challenges and Opportunities: The Transformation of Washington's Schools, Advance Washington (1987)
- Schrader, Jordan; Shannon, Brad. "Democrats Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck win Congressional races". The News Tribune. Tacoma News, Inc. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
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- Bowman, Bridget; Bowman, Bridget (2019-12-04). "Washington Democratic Rep. Denny Heck not running for reelection". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- Intrepid Learning Solutions Archived 2010-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
- "Digital Efficiency". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
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- Kyle Trygstad (2010-08-26). "Herrera Up Big in WA-3 Poll". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- PI.com: Send Denny Heck to Congress, editorial board, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 12, 2010
- "Congressional District 3". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- The Seattle Times | Denny Heck signals possible run for new 10th District, Seattle Times", May 23, 2011
- Connelly, Joel (December 28, 2011). "A "Denny District" -- new House $$ pitches". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
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- "SAFE Banking Act Introduced as Congress Looks to Address Cannabis Banking Issue" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. March 7, 2019.
- "Perlmutter, Heck Introduce Commonsense Marijuana Business Access To Banking Act" (Press release). house.gov. July 10, 2013.
- Wallace, Alicia (April 27, 2017). "New federal bill would allow banking for marijuana businesses". The Cannabist. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
- "Joint Release: Safe Banking Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives With Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. September 25, 2019.
- Jaeger, Kyle (September 25, 2019). "House Approves Marijuana Banking Bill In Historic Vote". Marijuana Moment. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
- "Election Results Search - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Denny Heck: Part liberal, part conservative". The Columbian. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- "Board of Trustees at Evergreen". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Washington State Historical Society > Research". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Washington Learn Steering Committee". Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dennis Heck.|
- Congressman Denny Heck official U.S. House site
- Denny Heck for Congress
- Denny Heck at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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