Dean Heller

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Dean Heller currently serves the 2nd Congressional district of Nevada

Dean Heller a Republican, and has represented the Second Congressional District of Nevada since 2007. (map)

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Having grown up in Carson City, Nevada, Heller graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985. He then worked as a stockbroker before being elected to the Nevada state legislature in 1990. In 1994, he was elected Nevada's Secretary of State, a post to which he was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. He and his wife Lynn have four children. [1]

Nevada's Electronic Voting Machines

As Nevada's Secretary of State, Dean Heller decided to tap the knowledge of the Nevada Gaming Control Authority when deciding upon an electronic voting system for Nevada. They had an extensive background and knowledge for assuring that electronic gaming devices are operating correctly. Following the review, the state went with a touchscreen system from Sequoia Voting Systems, but only after a voter-verified paper trail had been installed on the machines.[1] Sequoia's name for this version of voting machine is AVC Edge® with VeriVote Printer.

Nevada was the only state in 2004 to use electronic voting machines with a paper trail backup for a statewide election.[2] The election was generally smooth and organized with few problems.[3]

However, the statement above is not entirely true. During the 2004 election in which George W. Bush narrowly defeated John Kerry in Nevada, over 51% of the votes in Nevada were counted on 11 year old Sequoias that were not "retrofitted" as promised by Sequoia with printers in time for that election. By the 2006 election, some of those old machines were finally "printer ready" and were at precincts where voters were given a choice to vote on the old machines or the new ones that came with printers. The old machines were involved in previous elections and were impossible to verify the votes on as they only tallied totals of each precinct and there was no way to verify individual votes.

Congressional career

2006 election

Heller faced a tough road to the Republican nomination after the Club for Growth back candidate Sharron Angle in the Republican primary. The bitter primary saw the Club for Growth attack Heller, calling him a liberal and running a TV ad that said, "Dean Heller equals more spending and higher taxes for our families."[2]

Heller won the primary by less than 1% of the vote and Angle refused to concede. Angle sought to have the entire primary invalidated but did not have much of a case.[3]

Heller defeated Democrat Jill Derby 51%-45% to replace Rep. Jim Gibbons, who ran for governor of Nevada.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

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DC Office:
125 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-6155 (Office)
202-225-5679 (Fax)
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Articles and resources



  1. Marsha Walton, "Nevada improves odds with e-vote," CNN, October 29, 2004.
  2. Jim Drinkard, "High-tech voting accessory: Paper," USA Today, August 9, 2005.
  3. "Nevada's Seamless E-Vote," Associated Press (via Wired), September 13, 2004.

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: Committee on Ways and Mean
110th Congress
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Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Water and Power, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Nevada Secretary of State, Nevada Assembly
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District Offices:
1. 400 S. Virginia St., Suite 502, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 775-686-5760 / Fax: 775-686-5711
2. 600 Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 680, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-255-1651 / Fax: 702-255-1927
3. 405 Idaho St., Suite 214, Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-777-7920 / Fax: 775-777-8974

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1. P.O. Box 7237, Reno, NV 89510-7237
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Date of Birth: May 10, 1960