Joe Heck

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Joe Heck
Joe Heck, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Dina Titus
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the Clark 5 district
In office
2004–2008
Preceded by Ann O'Connell
Succeeded by Shirley Breeden
Personal details
Born Joseph John Heck
(1961-10-30) October 30, 1961 (age 52)
Jamaica, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Heck; 3 children
Residence Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
United States Army War College[1]
Profession Osteopathic physician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website heck.house.gov
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Reserve
Years of service 1991–present
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit 325th Combat Support Hospital[2]
Battles/wars Operation Joint Endeavor
Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Brigadier General Joseph John “Joe” Heck (born October 30, 1961) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district since 2011. Heck, a member of the Republican Party, is an osteopathic physician and served as a Nevada State Senator from 2004 to 2008.

Heck's congressional district includes the cities of Henderson, Boulder City, parts of Las Vegas, unincorporated Clark County, and several smaller towns and cities in the Southern Nevada region. He resides in Henderson, Nevada.

Early life, education, and military service[edit]

Heck was born in Jamaica, New York in Queens and raised in Pennsylvania. In 1992, he moved to Clark County, Nevada. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1984 with a degree in Health Education. He is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and obtained a residency in Emergency Medicine in 1992 at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He earned a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in 2006.[3]

As of July 31st, 2014, Heck is a brigadier general in the United States Army Reserve. He has commanded a Medical Readiness Support Group overseeing more than 2,000 soldiers in 6 western states, and continued to serve in this capacity while in Congress. He has served in Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last deployment was January, 2008.[4]

Medical career[edit]

Heck was the president, owner, and medical director of Specialized Medical Operations until 2011. The company provided medical training, consulting, and operational support to law enforcement agencies, EMS, and military special operations. Heck has lectured and is published on special operations medical support, the medical response to acts of terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.[4]

From 1998 to 2003, Heck served as the medical director of the Casualty Care Research Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he provided medical support for several federal law enforcement agencies and oversight for the medical response to acts of terrorism.

Heck started his medical career as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant in rural Pennsylvania. He volunteered as a Medical Team Manager with the Nevada Urban Search & Rescue Team — Task Force 1 and as a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search & Rescue team. He has also served as a tactical physician with the LVMPD SWAT team.

Heck served as a member of the Nevada State Homeland Security Commission Sub-committee on Health, the American Osteopathic Association's Task Force on Bioterrorism, and as the Medical Director for the Nevada Hospital Association’s Hospital Preparedness program. He also served as the Medical Director for the Southern Nevada Health District's Office of Public Health Preparedness.[5]

Nevada Senate[edit]

Heck served one four-year term in the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County’s 5th district.[5]

Elections[edit]

Heck was first elected to the Nevada Senate to represent Clark County’s 5th district in 2004, after defeating Senator Ann O’Connell in the Republican primary. Heck narrowly lost reelection in 2008 to Democrat Shirley Breeden by a margin of 46.57% to 45.81% and a plurality of 765 votes. Libertarian T. Rex Hagan received 4754 votes (8.4%).[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

He served on the Natural Resources, Human Resources and Education, the Commerce and Labor Committees. He was also the vice-chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

Although Heck had earlier announced he would challenge incumbent Republican Jim Gibbons for Governor, he decided against it in favor of a run for Nevada's 3rd congressional district.[7] He defeated incumbent Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus, 48%-47%, a difference of 1,748 votes. Titus had only held the position for one term after she defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Jon C. Porter in 2008.[8]

2012

After redistricting, Heck decided to run in the newly redrawn 3rd district, which Obama won in 2008 with 54% of the vote. On November 6, he defeated Speaker of the state Assembly John Oceguera 50%-43%.[9]

Tenure[edit]

Heck was one of three freshmen named to the House Republican Steering Committee in the 112th Congress.[10]

Economic issues

Heck has indicated that he has a plan to fast track tourist visas to boost the tourist industry in Southern Nevada. He has noted his opposition to government tax burdens and red tape on on the private sector.[11] Heck supports an audit of the Federal Reserve and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.[11] He was among only 10 House Republicans who opposed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 plan. Heck also supports Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s decision to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage.

In 2011 Heck voted in favor of Free Trade Agreements and Trade Promotion Agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Heck voted against increasing the debt limit and supported a separate bill that expressed disapproval of the President’s authority to raise the debt limit.[12]

Health care

Heck opposes Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which he has voted to repeal.[13] 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.[11]

Energy

Heck voted to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gasses.[14] He has signed Americans for Prosperity's No Climate Tax pledge.[15] Heck attributes increased energy costs to environmental regulation.[16]

Foreign policy

In 2011, Heck voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.[17]

Heck was opposed to United States involvement in Libya, saying, “We are already engaged in military operations on two fronts, and Libya opened a third. We cannot afford the troops or taxpayer dollars—especially without a national security objective.” [18]

Social policy

In 2011, Heck voted in favor of amending the federal health care law to prohibit abortion coverage, prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion, and prohibiting the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood. He supported the Violence Against Women Act.[19]

Immigration

In August 2014, Heck broke ranks with the Republican Party and voted against a bill that would have dismantled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.[20]

[edit]

The following is a partial list of legislation that was directly sponsored by Heck.

Committee assignments[edit]

Partisan committees:

Source:[27]

Personal life[edit]

Joe and his wife, Lisa (formerly Mattiello), have three children: Monica, Chelsea and Joseph III. Lisa is a registered nurse. Heck is a Roman Catholic. He is active with the Knights of Columbus Council 13456 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1947.[4]

Elections[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010

3rd Congressional District of Nevada[28]

Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Heck 128,916 48.13%
Democratic Dina Titus (incumbent) 127,168 47.47%
Independent Barry Michaels 6,473 2.42%
Libertarian Joseph P. Silvestri 4,026 1.50%
Independent American Scott David Narter 1,291 0.48%
Totals 267,874 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic
United States House of Representatives elections, 2012

3rd Congressional District of Nevada [29]

Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Heck (Incumbent) 137,244 50.36%
Democratic John Oceguera 116,823 42.87%
Independent American Jim Murphy 12,856 4.72%
Independent American Tom Jones 5,600 2.05%
Totals 272,523 100.0%

Awards and decorations[edit]

Heck has received the following awards:[30]

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart
Army Commendation Medal with a bronze Oak leaf cluster
Joint Services Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 ribbon with two width-9 ultramarine blue stripes surrounded by two pairs of two width-4 green stripes; all these stripes are separated by width-2 white borders
Army Achievement Medal with one bronze Oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four bronze Oak leaf cluster
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with one Service star
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Width-44 ribbon with width-6 central ultramarine blue stripe, flanked by pairs of stripes that are respectively width-4 emerald, width-3 golden yellow, width-5 orange, and width-7 scarlet Army Service Ribbon
ArmyFltSurg.gif Army Flight Surgeon Badge
Joint Meritorious Unit Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Joseph 'Joe' Heck, Jr.'s Biography". Project Vote Smart. One Common Ground. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Congressman Joe Heck". Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Heck campaign website
  4. ^ a b c Official Biography
  5. ^ a b Nevada State Senate Legislative Biography
  6. ^ Nevada Senate 2008 Election Results Nevada Secretary of State.
  7. ^ "Home — My News 3 - KSNV, Las Vegas, Nevada". Kvbc.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=496881
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=705010
  10. ^ "Joe Heck Lands Plum Post on House GOP Steering Committee". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  11. ^ a b c Heck on the Issues.” Heck4Nevada.com, n.d. http://heck4nevada.com/issues
  12. ^ "Heck Votes Against Debt Limit Increase". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Joe Heck, Jr.'s Issue Positions". Projet Vote Smart. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "House Vote 249 - Prevents E.P.A. From Regulating Greenhouse Gases". New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pledge Takers". Americans for Prosperity. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Issue Position: Energy". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.ibtimes.com/ndaa-bill-how-did-your-congress-member-vote-384362
  18. ^ "Heck Votes Against Libya Measures". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  19. ^ Jennifer Bendery (11 December 2012). "Violence Against Women Act: John Boehner, Eric Cantor Pressured By Republicans To Act". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ Foley, Elise (8-1-2014). "House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. ^ "H.R. 697 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "CBO — H.R. 697". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bills to Address Housing Needs of Veterans Introduced". National Low Income Housing Coalition. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "H.R. 1742". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "H.R. 2166 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  26. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (24 January 2014). "House to lift government hurdles to missing person searches". The Hill. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". house.gov. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  28. ^ 2010 Election Results
  29. ^ "Nevada General Election 2012 - U.S. Congress". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dina Titus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Vicky Hartzler
R-Missouri
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Jaime Herrera Beutler
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