New Members 2010 - Nevada


Date of birth: March 3, 1961
Birthplace: Jamaica, N.Y.
Residence: Henderson, Nev.
Occupation: Osteopathic physician, Army reservist, small-business owner
Education: B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.D., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Master’s of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College
Previous office held: Nevada state senator
Family: Wife, Lisa; three children 

Joe Heck first announced he was running for governor this cycle but later switched to run against Democratic incumbent Dina Titus. He handily won the Republican primary with 69 percent of the vote. Before running for Congress, Heck served in the Nevada Senate from 2004 through 2008. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant in rural Pennsylvania, then went through medical school, where he specialized in osteopathic medicine. He also serves as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and recently returned from a deployment to Iraq. In addition, Heck started his own company, Specialized Medical Operations Inc., which provides medical training, consulting and operational support to different law enforcement agencies and military special-operations teams.