|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Dina Titus|
|Member of the Nevada Senate
from the Clark 5 district
|Preceded by||Ann O'Connell|
|Succeeded by||Shirley Breeden|
|Born||Joseph John Heck
October 30, 1961
Jamaica, New York, U.S.
|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
|Service/branch||United States Army Reserve|
|Years of service||1991–present|
|Unit||325th Combat Support Hospital|
|Battles/wars||Operation Joint Endeavor
Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Iraqi Freedom
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.
- 1 Early life, education, and military service
- 2 Medical career
- 3 Nevada Senate
- 4 U.S. House of Representatives
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Elections
- 7 Awards and decorations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life, education, and military service
Heck was born in Jamaica, New York in Queens and raised in Pennsylvania. In 1992, he moved to Clark County, Nevada. He graduated from Penn State University in 1984 with a degree in Health Education. He is a member of 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.
Heck is a colonel in the United States Army Reserve and commands a Medical Readiness Support Group overseeing more than 2,000 soldiers in 6 western states. He continues 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.
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.
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.
Heck served one four-year term in the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County’s 5th district.
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%).
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
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. 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.
After redistricting, Heck has 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%.
Heck was one of three freshmen named to the House Republican Steering Committee in the 112th Congress.
Representing a swing district, Heck stated "When I am making a decision, I don’t think about which constituents will be pleased, because if I did that I would end up voting ‘present’ all the time.” He also said "I vote a certain way and the Left calls me a tea-party extremist. I vote another way and the Right calls me a RINO (Republican in name only). I'll leave the labels to the political pundits." In the 113th congress, the Heritage Foundation gave him a score of 67%, slightly below the Republican average of 70%. The Club for Growth currently give him a lifetime score of 58%, making him the 154th most conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Heck reaches out to the Hispanic community of Nevada. His district office has three Spanish-speaking staffers. His economic advisory board includes representatives of the Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce. Every public poll in Heck's 2012 campaign found him earning at least 41% of the Hispanic vote. Heck said "I did Hispanic outreach before Governor Romney was in the presidential race and I did it after. I've built a lot of personal relationships so that even when someone may not like my vote, they know who I am as a person and they won't hold it against me."
- Fiscal Policy
He signed Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge. 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. Heck supports an audit of the Federal Reserve and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. 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.
Heck has indicated that he would work to repeal, repair, and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 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.
In a public statement released in January 2011, Heck expressed his opinion on environmental regulation, stating that, “With the current restrictions on our ability to utilize domestic oil and natural gas resources, Nevadans are forced to pay a high premium on energy costs...restrictions on our ability to utilize domestic oil and natural gas resources only drive up energy costs.” 
In 2011, Heck voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
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. He released a public statement saying, “Raising the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts will only prolong the uncertainty preventing an economic recovery.” 
- Foreign Policy
In 2011 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.” 
- 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.
The following is a partial list of legislation that was directly sponsored by Heck.
- Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (H.R. 697; 113th Congress) - a bill that would authorize the sale of approximately 950 acres of federal land to the city of Henderson, Nevada. The land used to be a mine and now needs significant environmental remediation and reclamation.
- Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1742; 113th Congress) - a bill that would change the way the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calculates a veterans' income to exclude some aid that some veterans receive from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill would also change utility allowances.
- Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2013 (H.R. 2166; 113th Congress) - a bill that would require the federal government to issue the appropriate permits within 48 hours to volunteer search and rescue groups to allow them to search federal lands for missing persons.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
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.
|United States House of Representatives elections, 2010
3rd Congressional District of Nevada
|Democratic||Dina Titus (incumbent)||127,168||47.47%|
|Libertarian||Joseph P. Silvestri||4,026||1.50%|
|Independent American||Scott David Narter||1,291||0.48%|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
3rd Congressional District of Nevada 
|Republican||Joe Heck (Incumbent)||137,244||50.36%|
|Independent American||Jim Murphy||12,856||4.72%|
|Independent American||Tom Jones||5,600||2.05%|
Awards and decorations
Heck has received the following awards:
- "Representative Joseph 'Joe' Heck, Jr.'s Biography". Project Vote Smart. One Common Ground. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "Congressman Joe Heck". Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Heck campaign website
- Official Biography
- Nevada State Senate Legislative Biography
- Nevada Senate 2008 Election Results Nevada Secretary of State.
- "Home — My News 3 - KSNV, Las Vegas, Nevada". Kvbc.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "Joe Heck Lands Plum Post on House GOP Steering Committee". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
- Heck on the Issues.” Heck4Nevada.com, n.d. http://heck4nevada.com/issues
- "Issue Position: Energy". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Heck Votes Against Debt Limit Increase". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Heck Votes Against Libya Measures". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- Jennifer Bendery (11 December 2012). "Violence Against Women Act: John Boehner, Eric Cantor Pressured By Republicans To Act". Huffington Post.
- "H.R. 697 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- "CBO — H.R. 697". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- "Bills to Address Housing Needs of Veterans Introduced". National Low Income Housing Coalition. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- "H.R. 1742". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- "H.R. 2166 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (24 January 2014). "House to lift government hurdles to missing person searches". The Hill. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Committees and Caucuses". house.gov. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
- 2010 Election Results
- "Nevada General Election 2012 - U.S. Congress". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Congressman Joe Heck official U.S. House site
- Joe Heck for Congress
- Joe Heck on the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Senator Joe Heck official Nevada Legislature site (2007 session)
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
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