Dean Heller is privileged to serve Nevada in the United States Senate. Dedicated to finding solutions for a state hit hardest by the economic recession, Dean has stayed true to his principles of less spending and lower taxes. Throughout his time in public service, Dean has been a strong and independent voice for Nevada. He has moved beyond the politics of today in order to create a better future for the Silver State and the entire nation.
Dean was sworn into the United States Senate on May 9, 2011, and was re-elected to the position in November 2012. He currently serves on the Committee on Finance; Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee; Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. In 2015, Dean became the first Nevadan to be named Chairman of a Senate Finance Subcommittee. Whether it’s helping the Silver State climb out of the housing crisis, addressing the rising veteran population, ensuring Nevada's transportation needs are met, fostering a regulatory climate that allows Nevada’s job creators to thrive, or safeguarding Social Security and Medicare, Dean’s committees allow him to address the concerns of Nevadans and provide needed solutions.
Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Dean represented Nevada’s Second Congressional District. His service in Congress has the unmistakable mark of the Wild West, having provided strong leadership for Nevada on issues such as mining, public lands access and wildfire prevention. As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Dean fought tax increases, reined in out-of-control spending, and advocated to preserve Social Security and Medicare for generations to come. Dean was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout. With skyrocketing spending and record deficits in Washington, he was proud to support both Republican and Democratic proposals to balance the budget.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Dean served statewide as Nevada’s Secretary of State where he led the fight to protect consumers by shutting down marketing schemes that preyed on seniors. He pioneered ethics reform and implemented innovative changes for a transparent and honest election process. As a state legislator representing Carson City, Dean fought tax increases and voted against a bloated state budget.
As a lifelong Nevadan, Dean understands what drives the Silver State’s economy. He has remained at the forefront in bringing Nevada commonsense to Washington by holding government accountable, working to fix a battered economy, creating jobs, keeping families in their homes, balancing the budget, and striving for a future that leaves the next generation with more opportunities and a better quality of life.
First and foremost, Dean is a family man. He grew up in Carson City with five brothers and sisters and graduated from Carson High School where he played football and basketball. His father, a stock car racer, owned an auto-mechanic business which would eventually foster Dean’s own love for stock car racing.
While working his way through college at the University of Southern California, Dean met his wife, Lynne. Dean and Lynne have been married for more than 25 years and currently reside in Smith Valley. They are proud parents to four children: Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy. Dean and Lynne are proud grandparents of Brielle and Zachary.
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