Dean Heller is privileged to serve Nevada as a United States Senator. 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.
Dean was sworn into United States Senate on May 9, 2011.
Before coming to the Senate, Dean represented Nevada’s second congressional district. He also served statewide as Nevada’s Secretary of State, where he led the fight to protect consumers and implement innovative reforms for a transparent and honest election process. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Dean served two terms in the Nevada State Assembly representing Carson City.
Since his election to Congress, Dean has been at the forefront in the fight for fiscal responsibility in Washington. He has consistently opposed tax increases, government expansion and out-of-control spending. Dean was also the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout and supported both Republican and Democratic proposals to balance the budget.
Dean’s service in Congress has the unmistakable mark of the Wild West. As Vice Chairman of the 40-member House Western Caucus, Dean helped lead the fight to defend private property rights and promote balanced public land management. Dean also provides 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.
As a vocal advocate for a comprehensive energy policy, Dean combats high gas prices and promotes pro-growth tax reforms. These efforts, along with reducing government spending, will create the environment for economic growth and job creation that Nevadans desperately need.
Dean grew up in Carson City with five brothers and sisters. He graduated from Carson High, 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.
Dean and his wife Lynne have been married more than twenty-five years. They have raised their four children—Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy—in Carson City. He is a proud grandfather of his only granddaughter, Brielle.