Profile: Senator Dean Heller


Republican Dean Heller has spent nearly half his life in Nevada politics. He was born in California in 1960 but his family moved to Carson City, Nevada when he was 9 months old.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a stockbroker and trader on the Pacific Stock Exchange. He then served as the Deputy State Treasurer for two years.

Heller served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1990 to 1994. He then held the office of the Nevada Secretary of State from 1995 to 2006. He then went on to win three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

In 2011, Heller announced he would run for Sen. John Ensign’s U.S. Senate seat after Ensign resigned. Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Heller to fill the seat in May 2011.

He faced Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in the general election and won by slim margin.

On his campaign website, Heller says he has authored over 100 pieces of legislation that are now law, including bills to protect veterans, prevent human trafficking and violence against women, reduce taxes, protect communities from the threat of terrorism, to uphold Second Amendment rights, shrink the role that the federal government, and promote women in entrepreneurship.

Heller sits on the following committees: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Committee on Finance; and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He’s been endorsed by popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

He voted for the Republican tax reform bill of 2018, saying on his website that “My goal has always been to make sure that Americans keep more of their hard-earned money. Lower tax rates will allow businesses to hire, invest and expand—creating jobs in our communities and boosting growth around our state and across the country.” 

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