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Spotlight: Congressman Denny Heck
From Washington’s 10th District
Congressman Denny Heck was elected in 2012 to Washington’s newest congressional district, the 10th, which includes Olympia and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An advocate for military families, veterans, and the environment, Congressman Heck’s legislative priorities while in Congress include job creation, economic development, and keeping the American Dream alive for those in or striving for the middle class.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Heck ran a small business in Olympia specializing in workplace education, growing from two employees to over 300 across the US. Congressman Heck also served as a dedicated member of the state legislature for nearly a decade, and was the Chief of Staff for former governor Booth Gardner. His strong belief in greater access to open government led him to be a co-founder of TVW, Washington’s statewide public affairs network. While at TVW, he hosted Inside Olympia and won an Emmy for a documentary about the Supreme Court he wrote and produced.
Congressman Heck serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the Consumer Credit Subcommittee, and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He’s been married to his wife, Paula, for 36 years, and they have two sons.