Joe Heck

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Joe Heck
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Former U.S. Representative from Nevada's 3rd Congressional District
From: January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
Predecessor Dina Titus
Successor Jacky Rosen
Former State Senator from Nevada's 5th District
From: November 2, 2004 – November 4, 2008
Predecessor Ann O'Connell
Successor ???
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Heck
Religion Roman Catholic
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Service Years 1991 – present
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 325th Combat Support Hospital
Battles/wars Operation Joint Endeavor
Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Joseph John “Joe” Heck (born October 30, 1961 in Jamaica, New York, age 59) is a pro-life osteopathic physician and former member of the Nevada State Senate. He was the Republican U.S. Representative-elect from Nevada's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2017, defeating incumbent pro-abortion Democrat Dina Titus in the 2010 election and later re-elected two times.

Nevada Senate

While serving in the Nevada Senate, Heck voted in favor of the 2008-2009 education budget,[1] against required coverage for the HPV vaccine,[2] and against state financial aid for undocumented students unless their parents are actively serving in the military.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives

Having neocon leanings, Heck voted to extend the Patriot Act expiration date in May 2011.[4]

Heck voted in July 2011 to increase the debt ceiling.[5] He later voted in 2013 against HR 325, a measure that would suspend the debt limit only hitherto May 18, 2013, increase the limit thereafter, though would withhold compensation payments made to congressional members unless they pass a budget.[6]

Heck voted in favor of implementing a free trade policy with Korea.[7]

Heck voted in May 2014 against publicly funding climate change “reports”.[8]

Heck voted in favor of HR 3009, a bill that would block funding for state and local governments that restrict law enforcement agencies from being able to request immigration statuses from individuals.[9]

Rep. Heck has voted in favor of VA accountability.[10]

Heck voted for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in September 2015, a bill that passed the House with unanimous Republican support in addition to having support from five Democrats.[11] He also voted during this period to de-fund Planned Parenthood.[12]

Heck voted against lifting sanctions on Iran as a response to the passage of the Iran nuclear deal.[13]

Heck voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which raised spending and debt limits.[14]

Rep. Heck co-sponsored a bill in September 2016 that provided regulatory relief for schools and small businesses.[15]

Heck was the only Republican to join 110 Democrats in voting against repealing the IPAB,[16] a bureaucratic “death panel[17] created in the early Obama era.

2016 U.S. Senate campaign

Heck announced in mid-2015 his run for U.S. Senate.[18] His run was later backed by the Koch brothers through the Freedom Partners Action Fund[19] as well as the Senate Leadership Fund,[20] a super PAC with direct ties to establishment RINO Mitch McConnell.

While initially supportive of Donald Trump's candidacy for president concurrent with his Senate run, Heck withdrew his endorsement after the Access Hollywood tapes were released,[21] stating at a campaign rally that he can't support the Republican nominee “in good conscience”, which quickly elicited boos from the crowd.[22] This led to abandonment from some conservatives within Nevada, signalling his downfall in an already-slim attempt in running for office from a blue-purple state.[23] Despite possibly having had somewhat stronger support from Hispanic voters than Trump did, as earlier polling showed,[24] Heck subsequently lost to the corrupt liberal Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto by a slim margin of less than 2.5% of the vote.[25]

Political positions

A moderate Republican, Heck opposes abortion, Obamacare, gun control, and illegal immigration,[26] though he has voted to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act and against repealing DACA in at least one point.[27]


  1. SB 5 - 2008-2009 Education Budget - Nevada Key Vote
  2. SB 409 - HPV Vaccine and Prostate Cancer Screening Coverage Act - Nevada Key Vote
  3. SB 415 - Undocumented Students and State Financial Aid Act - Nevada Key Vote
  4. S 990 - PATRIOT Act Extension - National Key Vote
  5. S 627 - Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) - National Key Vote
  6. HR 325 - No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 - National Key Vote
  7. HR 3080 - Free Trade Agreement with Korea - National Key Vote
  8. H Amdt 671 - Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports - National Key Vote
  9. HR 3009 - Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act - National Key Vote
  10. HR 1994 - VA Accountability Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  11. HR 3504 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act - National Key Vote
  12. HR 3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  13. HR 3457 - Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act - National Key Vote
  14. HR 1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  15. HR 6094 - Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act - National Key Vote
  16. HR 849 - Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act - National Key Vote
  17. More Reasons Why IPAB, ObamaCare's 'Death Panel,' Is Relevant To Sylvia Burwell's Nomination
  18. Rep. Joe Heck says he’s running for US Senate
  19. Freedom Partners Action Fund stated on June 27, 2016 in a television ad: "Many Nevadans relied on Uber for work, but after accepting $70,000 from taxi companies, Catherine Cortez Masto went after Uber ... (driving) them out of town."
  20. Senate Leadership Fund stated on September 13, 2016 in a television ad: Says "Catherine Cortez Masto failed Nevada rape victims. While attorney general, thousands of rape kits were never sent for DNA analysis."
  21. Joe Heck un-endorses Trump, calls for him to step down from race
  22. Multiple references:
  23. After Abandoning Trump, Joe Heck Predicted to Lose in Nevada
  24. Heck fares better than Trump with Nevada’s Latino voters, poll finds
  25. 2016 Nevada Senate Election Results
  26. Joe Heck on the Issues
  27. Republicans Vote to End DACA After Tense Floor Debate (Updated) (Video)

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