Dean Heller

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Dean Heller
473px-Dean Heller, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg
Former U.S. Senator from Nevada
From: May 9, 2011 – January 3, 2019
Predecessor John Ensign
Successor Jacky Rosen
Former U.S. Representative from Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
From: January 3, 2007 – May 9, 2011
Predecessor Jim Gibbons
Successor Mark Amodei
15th Nevada Secretary of State
From: January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Governor Bob Miller
Predecessor Cheryl Lau
Successor Ross Miller
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynne Heller
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Dean Arthur Heller was the junior United States Senator from Nevada from 2013 to 2019 and a member of the Republican Party. He was appointed to the seat by the governor after the resignation of John Ensign. He previously served as the congressman for Nevada's 2nd district.[1]

U.S. Senate


Heller was appointed by then-governor Brian Sandoval to the Senate seat vacated upon the announced resignation of John Ensign.[2] He later narrowly won the 2012 Senate election in Nevada to a full Senate term.[3]


Sen. Heller campaigned and lobbied in late 2014 to become the head of the establishment National Republican Senatorial Committee, ultimately losing to fellow RINO Roger Wicker.[4]

Heller voted against two of three Obamacare repeal proposals in 2017.[5]

2018 U.S. Senate election in Nevada

Opposed to Donald Trump since 2016,[6] Sen. Heller entered a tough re-election fight by 2018, especially after stating at a town hall that he “no problems with federal funding for Planned Parenthood”.[7] However, after potentially facing a primary challenger who was much more conservative, Heller began to become more supportive of Trump.[8]

Heller ultimately lost to liberal Democrat challenger Jacky Rosen in the general election by five percentage points.[9] His defeat was largely owed to abandonment by conservatives who supported Donald Trump but opposed the RINO senator.

Political positions

Known as a RINO, Heller generally takes conservative positions but has overall been viewed as very moderate.[10]