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Dennis 'Denny' Heck
Birthdate: July 29, 1952
Birth Place: Vancouver, WA, United States
Residence: Olympia, WA
District: District 10
Undergraduate: The Evergreen State College
Denny Heck was born in Vancouver, Wash., and now resides in Olympia. He earned a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College.
Heck was elected in 1976 to the first of five terms in the state House, representing the 17th District that covered Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. He served as majority leader, and also co-chaired the Education Committee. He then served as chief of staff for former Gov. Booth Gardner from 1989 to 1993.
Heck made his first run for Congress in 2010, when he sought an open seat in the 3rd Congressional District. He lost to Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler.
Heck co-founded the TVW public affairs network in 1993, co-owns a company that owns and manages commercial buildings in the state, and is a co-founder of Intrepid Learning, a workplace education company.
Heck and his wife, Paula, have two sons.
Denny Heck is probably best known for co-founding TVW, Washington state's public affairs channel, in 1993. But the longtime Olympia insider and businessman has held elected office before, although more than 20 years ago. Heck served five terms in the state House, first elected in 1976 when he was just 24 years old. He was re-elected four times before serving as then-Gov. Booth Gardner's chief of staff.
Heck faces Republican Dick Muri in the November 2012 election for the new 10th Congressional District, which was created in the state's recent redistricting process.
He says his top frustration with Congress is the inability of members to work together to pass policies that will help create jobs, which is the top issue he is campaigning on. Heck says he wants to grow and strengthen the American middle class and those working to get into it.
This is Heck's second run for Congress. He lost his first bid for the 3rd Congressional District, which still included Olympia at the time, in 2010, losing to current Rep. Jaime Herrera Buetler.
Source: Associated Press
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