The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 91 of 93

Rep.-elect Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (D-Wash.-10)

DATE OF BIRTH: July 29, 1952

BIRTHPLACE: Vancouver, Wash.

RESIDENCE: Olympia, Wash.

OCCUPATION: Small-business owner

EDUCATION: B.A., Evergreen State College

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Chief of staff to Washington Gov. Booth Gardner, 1989-1993; state representative, 1977-1985

FAMILY: Wife, Paula; two children

Denny Heck was elected to Congress after narrowly losing in 2010 to Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Trump administration rescinds Obama guidance on defunding Planned Parenthood Trump to address March for Life via satellite MORE (R-Wash.).

This time, Heck greatly outspent his Republican challenger, Dick Muri, in the newly drawn Democratic-leaning district.

Heck said the election was about jobs and that he believed the government needed to do more to stimulate the economy. He touted his record as a small-business owner, saying that experience provided him with a unique perspective as a job creator.

Heck co-founded TVW, a local television channel similar to C-SPAN, to provide Washington state citizens greater accessibility to their state government. In the state legislature, he focused on education issues.