Dean Heller was sworn in to the United States Senate on May 9, 2011. Prior to Heller’s service in the Senate, he served as Nevada’s Representative to Second Congressional District, served state-wide as Nevada’s Secretary of State for three terms and served two terms in the Nevada State Assembly representing Carson City.
Since Dean’s election to Congress, he has been at the forefront in the fight for fiscal responsibility in Washington. He has voted against hundreds of billions in tax increases, expansion of government and out-of-control spending. Dean was also the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout. With skyrocketing spending and record deficits in Washington, Dean continues to advocate for balanced budgets and fiscal sanity in Washington. Heller also recognizes the fiscal policies in Washington have hurt economic recovery and more needs to be done to get Nevadans back to work. Controlling spending and getting government out of the way of will allow for long-term economic growth.
As a former member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Heller has fought for responsible policies that preserve Medicare and Social Security for seniors, advocated for tax reform to get our nation’s economy moving, and a more accountable government for the American public. As Vice Chairman of the House Western Caucus which is compromised nearly 40 Members of Congress he helped lead to the fight to defend private property rights and promote balanced public land management. Dean continues to provide strong leadership for Nevada on issues such as mining, public lands access and wildfire prevention. He continues to be successful in moving public lands legislation beneficial to local communities throughout Nevada.
In the Senate Heller continues his fight to reign in excessive government spending that crowd out private investment and stop burdensome regulations that stifles job growth. Dean has vocally advocated for an energy policy to combat high gas prices, and promotes pro-growth tax reforms. These efforts in conjunction with reducing government spending will create the environment for economic growth and job creation.
Raised in Carson City, Dean grew up with five brothers and sisters and graduated from Carson High School. In 1985 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, specializing in finance and securities analysis, and worked as a stockbroker and as a broker/trader on the Pacific Stock Exchange.
Dean and his wife Lynne have been married more than twenty-five years and have raised their four children — Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy — in Carson City.
Here’s Dean’s first speech from the floor of the United States Senate:
Dean’s Senate Voting Record:
In the relatively short time Dean’s held his Senate seat he’s had a chance to make his opinion known and or vote on some of the biggest issues facing our nation including Defunding ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, The Debt Ceiling, and supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment:
Your past support has meant a lot me and for this reason I wanted you to be among the first to know that I am running for the United States Senate.
It is difficult to see so many people hurting in my home state. As many of you know, I grew up in Nevada and my wife Lynne and I have raised our family here. We see the tough choices our friends, neighbors, and family members are making every day and I see how poor decisions in Washington are impacting their lives.
This is not the first time that Nevadans have endured tough times and it won’t be the last, but I know that there are better days ahead.
Our strength as a state and a nation is bigger than the troubles of today. However, it is also incumbent upon us to affect change in difficult times to create a better future.
As families across Nevada struggle to pay their bills and fight to keep their homes, Barack Obama and his beltway allies are proposing record spending that will add to America’s job killing debt from a stratospheric $14 trillion to a staggering $20 trillion.
We cannot allow this to happen.
We can change the course we are on by taking action today. The choices we make can lead to big changes in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This is a crossroad that will not only change Nevada, but significantly change the direction of our nation for years to come.
If we are to turn our economy around, we must remove impediments that have caused economic stagnation and the inability of businesses to create new jobs. Not continue with business as usual.
We cannot ignore our nation’s very serious fiscal problems and continue to allow Obama’s big government job killing agenda to continue.
I have long been an opponent of reckless government spending and continue to support a balanced budget. In 2008, I stood up to former President Bush, then Senator Obama, and Washington special interests and said no to the Wall Street bailout. In fact, I was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout, not once but twice. My view then, just as it is now, is that debt fueled bailouts only hurts long-term economic growth and places taxpayers on the hook for the excesses of Wall Street.
Now I want to take this fight to the United States Senate.
Congress can no longer refuse to make tough fiscal decisions and stick our children and grandchildren with the massive debt that has been allowed to accrue for far too long. We must take control of government spending to instill long-term economic growth in our country.
There are those who believe government spending is not the problem and we should simply raise taxes and treat American public as an ATM. Let me assure you that I believe Washington has a spending problem—not a revenue problem—and that tax increases are not the answer especially in our current economic environment.
Just like many families across our state, Lynne and I sit around the table and discuss the direction of our country, the future of our children, and the needs of the people of our great state who have endured in this struggling economy for far too long.
It is time to move beyond the failed policies of the past and create real economic growth in Nevada.
I know that the tough times are not yet over. However, I also know that there are better times ahead.
Together we can move our country in a new direction, get Nevadans working again, and create a more prosperous future for us and our children.
It has been an honor to serve you and our great state in the House. I hope I can count on your continued support. With your help, we can bring a new conservative majority to the United States Senate.
Dean Heller needs our support but more importantly we need to hold onto this seat in order to achieve our collective goal of regaining a majority in the Senate. Dean Heller’s Democrat opponent, Shelly Berkly, has been fused to the hip of Harry Reid in NV for so long that her standard operating procedure is being ethically bankrupt, using her office and power to make her family wealthy, with seemingly no concept of wrong doing or remorse. This country needs Shelley Berkley in the Senate like it needs another failed stimulus bill… and that’s just what you’ll get with a Sen. Berkley — an Obama, Reid, Pelosi, clone!
It’s absolutely imperative that the Republican Party gain control of the Senate, fire Harry Reid, and add to our majority in the House of Representatives. Failure to do so might have devastating consequences as our country continues to be horribly impacted by failed liberal policies forced upon us by Democrats and President Obama.
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