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Denny Heck's Biography

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 10, Democratic

Contact Information

6000 Main Street Southwest, Suite 3B
Lakewood, WA 98499

420 College Street Southeast, Suite 3000
Lacey, WA 98503

2452 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Denny Heck

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Paula; 2 Children: Bob, Trey

Birth Date:

07/29/1952

Birth Place:

Vancouver, WA

Home City:

Olympia, WA

Attended, Portland State University, 1974-1975

Graduated, Evergreen State College, 1973

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 10, 2012-present

Former Majority Leader, Washington State House of Representatives

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Washington, District 10, 2018

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 3, 2010

Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, 1976-1986

Former Member, Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Chair, Higher Education Committee, Governor Gregoire's Washington Learns Commission

Former Member, Higher Education Committee, Governor Gregoire's Washington Learns Commission

Former Member, Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Founder, Principals' Emergency Checkbook Fund

Former Member, Subcommittee on Central Intelligence Agency, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, United States House of Representatives

Co-Owner, Bruin Development

Lead Investor, Digital Efficiency

Former Host, "Inside Olympia"

Co-Founder, Intrepid Learning Solutions

Founder, TVW Television Network, 1993-2003

Chief of Staff, Governor Booth Gardner, 1989-1993

Member, Board of Directors, Intrepid Learning Solutions

Member, Board of Trustees, Evergreen State College

Board Chair, Digital Efficiency

Board Member, Washington State History Museum

Names of Grandchildren:

Maleah

Number of Grandchildren:

One

Pets (include names):

Rhodesian Ridgeback named Kuda

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

Every American should have the opportunity to attend a good public school, secure a stable job, raise a middle class family and retire comfortably. Every American who works hard and plays by the rules should have the American Dream within reach.

But too many Americans today are unemployed or struggling to get by with the jobs they have. Healthcare costs continue to spiral out of control and many young Americans are unable to afford college. The future of Social Security and Medicare is threatened. Congress stands idly by, doing little to help.

We don't have to settle for an America like this. We can build a country where anyone who puts their mind to it can live the American Dream -- and we can do it by working together, Democrats and Republicans, just like we used to.

My parents, a telephone operator and a truck driver, taught me the value of hard work and education. I started a company in Olympia with only two employees that has grown to more than 300. I served our state in the Legislature and as Former Governor Booth Gardner's Chief of Staff. I know what political leaders can do to help grow a 21st century economy, but my private sector experience has also shown me when they should get out of the way.

My career has been about bringing people together to make Washington a better place to live. This campaign is no exception. It's a campaign fueled by a diverse group of hard-working people who agree with me on this key point: we can and we must grow and strengthen the American middle class and those working to get into it.

In Congress, I'll push for policies that help the private sector create more family-wage jobs. I'll work to lower healthcare costs, make college more affordable, and get veterans and military families the benefits they have earned. I'll trust women to make their own healthcare decisions.

This is an historic election -- the first in Washington's new 10th Congressional District. Please join our enthusiastic campaign team and make history in our state. Let's Give Congress Heck!

Why I'm Running

Every American should have the opportunity to attend a good public school, secure a stable job, raise a middle class family and retire comfortably. Every American who works hard and plays by the rules should have the American Dream within reach.

But too many Americans today are unemployed or struggling to get by with the jobs they have. Healthcare costs continue to spiral out of control and many young Americans are unable to afford college. The future of Social Security and Medicare is threatened. Congress stands idly by, doing little to help.

We don't have to settle for an America like this. We can build a country where anyone who puts their mind to it can live the American Dream -- and we can do it by working together, Democrats and Republicans, just like we used to.

My parents, a telephone operator and a truck driver, taught me the value of hard work and education. I started a company in Olympia with only two employees that has grown to more than 300. I served our state in the Legislature and as Former Governor Booth Gardner's Chief of Staff. I know what political leaders can do to help grow a 21st century economy, but my private sector experience has also shown me when they should get out of the way.

My career has been about bringing people together to make Washington a better place to live. This campaign is no exception. It's a campaign fueled by a diverse group of hard-working people who agree with me on this key point: we can and we must grow and strengthen the American middle class and those working to get into it.

In Congress, I'll push for policies that help the private sector create more family-wage jobs. I'll work to lower healthcare costs, make college more affordable, and get veterans and military families the benefits they have earned. I'll trust women to make their own healthcare decisions.

This is an historic election -- the first in Washington's new 10th Congressional District. Please join our enthusiastic campaign team and make history in our state. Let's Give Congress Heck!

- Denny

Spouse's Occupation:

Former teacher and middle school principal

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