Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

House Passes Heck Bill to Name Laughlin VA Clinic for Local Veteran

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada in honor of Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean.  The bill passed the House by unanimous voice vote.

Rep. Heck spoke on the House floor during debate on the bill, highlighting Dean's Navy service and his dedication to fellow Laughlin veterans. A video of his remarks can be seen by clicking below.

"It is clear from speaking with community members and veterans in Laughlin that naming the new VA clinic for Jesse Dean is a fitting tribute. Today we have a chance to repay him for his years of dedication to Laughlin American Legion Post 60, the veteran community of Laughlin, and the United States Navy by naming the new VA health clinic in his honor."

Highlights of Master Chief Jesse Dean's service:

* Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 at the age of 17

* Served 27 years, achieving the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest grade for an enlisted sailor

* First sea duty assignment was aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet

* Served in Vietnam as part of the Brown Water Navy

* Awards and commendations include three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon

After retiring from the Navy in 1992, Jesse Dean settled in Laughlin, Nevada and joined the Richard Springston American Legion Post 60. As a member of the Legion, Jesse was revered by fellow members for his selfless service and dedication to the Post and his fellow veterans.

Rep. Heck's naming legislation is supported by the Laughlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 243, Richard Springston American Legion Post 60, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 60, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Richard Springston American Legion Post 60.

The bill is supported by every member of the Nevada Congressional Delegation.

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds House Passage of Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Bill

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House passage of H.R. 4974, the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, legislation that funds the Veterans Administration (VA) and critical military infrastructure and quality-of-life programs.

"This bill sends a strong signal that the House stands by our veterans, our troops, and our military families," Rep. Heck said. "By increasing funding in this bill we will ensure our veterans get the timely, quality care they deserve while prioritizing funding for military housing, healthcare, and critical construction projects abroad. Our service members and their families deserve the highest level of support and this bill provides them the assurance that they will be taken care of." 

Rep. Heck, along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), were successful in adding an amendment to the bill that would allow VA physicians to recommend the use of medical marijuana, in states where it is legal, for the treatment of conditions like seizures, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury, all of which disproportionately affect veterans.

On passage of the Blumenauer-Heck amendment Congressman Heck stated, "We should give the VA every possible tool and resource to care for our veterans and this amendment does that. It gives the VA another treatment option in states where medical marijuana is legal for conditions ailing our veterans. As a physician, I know these treatments work. I'm pleased the House finally passed this amendment to help the VA provide the best care for our veterans."

The bill, which provides $13 billion more in VA funding compared to last year's legislation, addresses the VA disability claims backlog and continues the modernization of the VA electronic health record system, which will lead to better customer service for veterans. It also increases oversight of the VA to ensure tax dollars are spent responsibly.

On military construction, H.R. 4947 prioritizes funding for combatant command needs while funding the infrastructure projects necessary to respond to wartime, crisis, and peace support and deterrence operations around the globe. The bill also sustains quality housing for all 1,388,028 military families and funds care for 9.8 million troops and families at military medical facilities.

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Statement on House Defense Bill Passage

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement upon House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.

"The global security environment continues to be volatile, uncertain, and complex. The world is not getting any safer and this bill will allow us to hold our adversaries at bay and keep America safe," Rep. Joe Heck said. "The most valuable asset in our Armed Forces are the troops who volunteer to serve and this bill supports those brave men and women. Most critically, this bill boosts base defense spending while ensuring we have adequate contingency operations funds and, after three years of lower than by-law pay raises, provides our troops and their families the full pay raise they deserve. This NDAA also stops the reductions in the active end-strengths of the Armed Forces thereby increasing readiness while reducing the stress and strain on the force and their families."

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Rep. Heck was instrumental in crafting numerous personnel provisions that were included in the House-passed bill. Those include:

* a full 2.1% pay increase for troops

* modernizing the commissary system while maintaining the benefit

* improving the military health system to ensure readiness, both for our troops and our military healthcare providers

* reforming the Uniform Code of Military Justice that improve the system’s efficiency and transparency while also enhancing victims’ rights

* providing up to 2 weeks of leave to the second parent of a dual military couple for the purposes of adoption leave

* requiring the Secretaries of the military departments to notify service members with dependents annually, and prior to deployment, of the child custody protections guaranteed under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act


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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds Veterans' Affairs Committee Passage of Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House Committee on Veterans' Affairs adoption of H.R. 3974, The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Heck and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH).

The bill, which is aimed at speeding access to care within the VA and providing job opportunities for veterans, was adopted on a unanimous voice vote and now can be considered by the full House of Representatives.

"No one is better qualified to care for our veterans than veterans themselves," Rep. Heck said. "We are facing a shortage of physicians and PAs within the VA, making this program long overdue. This bill will help us achieve two critically important goals: improving access to care at the VA and providing job opportunities for separated service members. I thank Chairman Jeff Miller for his leadership in moving this bill through the committee and look forward to supporting it on the House floor."

The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015 establishes a five-year pilot program within the VA to provide educational assistance to former medics and corpsmen for education and training as physician assistants in the VA. The educational assistance would be provided through the existing VA Health Professionals Education Assistance Program, and other educational assistance programs of the VA. Those who serve in the pilot program would then have a period of obligated service at the Veterans Health Administration, allowing them to give back to fellow veterans.

The concept for this legislation was brought to Rep. Heck by a local veteran who served as a PA in the Air Force and is now working as a physician assistant in Las Vegas.

The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015 is supported by the following organizations:

Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association (VAPAA)

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Naval Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA)

Blinded Veterans of America (BVA)

National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)

The Retired Enlisted Association

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds Bipartisan House Action to Combat Opioid Abuse

2016/05/13

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House passage of a series of bills aimed at combating the nationwide opioid abuse and addiction epidemic.

With opioid abuse legislation passing both the House and the Senate, a Conference Committee comprising members from both chambers will convene to merge the bills into one package. That comprise package will then be passed by the House and Senate and sent to the President to be signed into law.

"The opioid epidemic is destroying families and communities and we must take action," Rep. Heck said. "As an emergency department physician, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid addiction and overdose. This series of bipartisan bills passed by the House will help prevent and treat opioid addiction,  ensure our nation’s drug laws are strengthened to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the United States, and protect infants exposed to illegal drugs before birth. I applaud the House and the Senate for taking action to tackle this important issue and urge swift action on conferencing the bills so we can get this legislation to the President's desk." 

According to the American Society of Addiction Medication, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.

 

BACKGROUND ON LEGISLATION:

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 5046): This bipartisan bill combats the opioid epidemic by establishing a streamlined, comprehensive opioid abuse grant program that encompasses a variety of new and existing programs, such as vital training and resources for first responders and law enforcement, criminal investigations for the unlawful distribution of opioids, drug courts, and residential substance abuse treatment. The bill authorizes $103 million annually for the grant program and is fully offset for cut-go purposes.

The Opioid Program Evaluation (OPEN) Act (H.R. 5052): This bipartisan legislation increases the transparency and accountability of the comprehensive opioid abuse grant program. Specifically, it requires grantees to report on the use of grant funds and requires a publicly available analysis of whether or not the grants have achieved their intended purposes.

The Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016 (H.R. 5048): This bill requires the Government Accountability Office to study state and local Good Samaritan laws that protect caregivers, law enforcement personnel, and first responders who administer opioid overdose reversal drugs or devices from criminal liability, as well as those who contact emergency service providers in response to an overdose.

The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 32): This bill combats drug trafficking and the importation of chemicals used to make illicit drugs in the United States. It improves law enforcement’s ability to pursue international drug manufacturers, brokers, and distributors who do not actually traffic their narcotics into the United States. The legislation also imposes penalties on trafficking in “listed chemicals,” which are used to produce illegal drugs like methamphetamine. Additionally, the bill amends current law to clarify that only those who knowingly transport a counterfeit drug can be prosecuted, to ensure that truck drivers, parcel services, or even patients with prescriptions will not be vulnerable to prosecution if they did not know the drug was counterfeit.

The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (H.R. 4838): This bill will strengthen protections not only for infants exposed to illegal drugs before birth, but for all children in need of help and care. The legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services to better ensure states are meeting current child welfare requirements, particularly protections for infants born with illegal substance exposure.

Lali's Law (H.R. 4586): This bill authorizes grants to States for developing standing orders for naloxone prescriptions and educating health care professionals regarding the dispensing of opioid overdose reversal medication without person-specific prescriptions. The bill authorizes the appropriation of $5 million for the period of fiscal years 2017 through 2019. Ensuring standing orders for naloxone prescriptions and educating health care professionals on its use will help pharmacists and physicians save lives when time is of the essence.

H.R. 4641: This bill requires HHS, in coordination with VA, DoD, and DEA, to establish a task force to review and modify best practices for the treatment of pain. The task force would include representatives from relevant federal agencies, medical professionals, researchers, and experts in pain management and addiction to pain medication. This bill will help prescribers, patients, health care providers, law enforcement and treatment communities successfully combat the opioid crisis.

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Introduces Career and Technical Education Legislation

2016/05/03

LAS VEGAS - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today announced the introduction of the Career and Technical Education Equity Act at Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas.

The legislation will ensure Nevada continues to receive its share of federal career and technical education (CTE) funding by repealing the current unfair, outdated hold harmless provision in the funding formula. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, it is estimated that the Heck legislation will increase Nevada’s share of federal CTE funding by 2.6% within three years of enactment.

"Career and technical education is critically important to both Nevada's education system and our economy," Rep. Heck said.  "Students who pursue CTE perform well in school because they have a vision of what they want to do in the future. Whether that vision is to work in information technology, agriculture, or public safety, Nevada's CTE programs provide our students with a strong educational and vocational foundation to take into the professional world. We must ensure that Nevada continues to receive its share of federal funding for career and technical education so the programs in which our students are engaged can continue to provide the skills and training they need to be successful in the future. The Career and Technical Education Equity Act does exactly that and I am committed to getting this bill passed in the near future."

Rep. Heck announced introduction of the bill during a visit to Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, a school that relies on CTE funds to offer students educational opportunities in the following majors: Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice, and 911 Dispatch.

On hand for the event were Craig Statucki, Executive Director Nevada ACTE, and Tammy Boffelli, Principal of Veterans Tribute CTA. They offered the following comments about Congressman Heck's bill:

“Congressman Heck has been working for years to support CTE programs and the federal funding of these great opportunities for students. The Nevada Association of Career and Technical Education and I fully support Congressman Heck’s efforts and introduction of the CTE Equity Act.”  - Craig Statucki, Executive Director Nevada ACTE

“Career and technical education (CTE) has been an integral element in our economic and workforce development.  It has been the connection to economic expansion in Nevada by bringing education, training and meaningful credentials to the forefront.  CTE students thrive by truly understanding the opportunities available in our community as well as realistic expectations of those related fields.  CTE funding has provided support for programs of study to prepare tomorrow’s workforce. This funding has assisted schools like Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy (VTCTA) to purchase integral equipment, technology, software, and instructional supplies.”  - Tammy Boffelli, Principal, VTCTA

It is expected that Rep. Heck's bill will be considered when the House Committee on Education and the Workforce begins the reauthorization process for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Rep. Heck Statement on the Release of the FY17 NDAA

2016/04/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today released the following statements on the release of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

On a pay raise for troops:

"If we are going to recruit and retain the best and the brightest for our all-volunteer force, we must have a compensation package that is competitive with the private sector. That includes a pay increase commensurate with what private sector workers will receive. Military families are already under the increased strain of being asked to do more with less, having not received the full increase the past three years. Our troops, by law, are entitled to a 2.1% pay increase this year and this bill takes the proper step in ensuring they receive it."

 

On the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA):

"While we continue to look for a permanent solution to the SBP-DIC offset, I am pleased that the SSIA is extended through 2018. This unfair offset costs our surviving spouses benefits they have earned and deserve, and while the SSIA provides them some relief in the short-term, I remain committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem."

 

On military healthcare reforms:

"The foundational purpose of our military health system (MHS) is to ensure readiness, both for our troops and for our military healthcare providers. The reforms to the structure of the MHS included in the NDAA will help increase access to care for our service members and their dependents and also ensure our military health care providers are trained and equipped to provide the highest quality of care both in garrison and in combat. This will allow our troops and medical providers to be ready to complete their mission in an increasingly dangerous global environment." 

 

On improvements to the commissary system:

"The commissary benefit is one of the most critical benefits our military families depend upon and we must ensure it remains a viable benefit in the future. The improvements to the commissary system in this year's NDAA strike the proper balance between making needed reforms and ensuring the necessary safeguards and oversight mechanisms are in place to ensure this critical benefit is protected and preserved."

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds Subcommittee Passage of Military Personnel Portion of Defense Authorization

2016/04/20

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today applauded subcommittee passage of the Military Personnel portion of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.  The Military Personnel portion of the bill, or "mark," was approved on an unanimous bipartisan vote.

The mark mandates and fully funds a 2.1% pay increase for troops. In addition, the mark contains provisions to modernize the commissary system while maintaining the benefit our troops and their families depend upon and reforms the Uniform Code of Military Justice, improving the system’s efficiency and transparency while also enhancing victims’ rights. This marks the first comprehensive reform in over three decades.

"This Military Personnel mark demonstrates the strong commitment the subcommittee has to our military men and women and their families," Rep. Joe Heck said. "Our military is only as strong as those serving and so our bill ensures those who volunteer to serve have the support they need and deserve. I was pleased to once again work in a bipartisan manner with Ranking Member Susan Davis to move this mark through to the full committee and look forward to advancing it and the larger defense authorization to the floor." 

In addition to the commissary and UCMJ improvements, the bill contains numerous provisions to improve the welfare and quality of life for our military families including providing up to 2 weeks of leave to the second parent of a dual military couple for the purposes of adoption leave and requiring the Secretaries of the military departments to notify service members with dependents annually, and prior to deployment, of the child custody protections guaranteed under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  Finally, the mark authorizes the reimbursement of travel expenses at a higher amount for Reserve Component members traveling to training from rural areas. 

The subcommittee-approved mark now moves to consideration before the full House Armed Services Committee next week.

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Statement of Congressman Joe Heck on killing of Haji Imam

2016/03/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on the killing of Haji Imam, the Islamic State's #2 in command, during a U.S. strike in Syria. 

"This successful strike against one of the Islamic State's top leaders shows just how effective our intelligence community, special operators, and military personnel can be when given the opportunity to engage critical targets. With the Islamic State in a state of disarray at the loss of their #2 in command, we should increase pressure on other targets around the region. While we still have much to do in the fight against the Islamic State and to stop the flow of foreign fighters into western Europe, today's news marks an important tactical achievement. I stand ready to work with my House colleagues and the White House to ensure we develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to win the fight against the Islamic State and radical Islamic terror."    

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck’s Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act Added to House-Passed Sportsmen's Bill

2016/02/26

WASHINGTON – Today legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) called the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act (H.R. 373) passed the House as an amendment to H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.

Rep. Heck’s bill, which passed as a stand-alone bill in April and was added as an amendment to H.R. 2406 by a unanimous voice vote, speeds access to public lands so that volunteer search groups can conduct searches for missing persons.

"It’s been ten months since the House last passed this bill and the federal regulations standing between the families of missing persons and the closure that family deserves are still on the books," Rep. Heck said. "The House has once again demonstrated strong bipartisan support for allowing Good Samaritan search teams to access federal lands to conduct searches for missing persons and I hope the Senate follows suit."

Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04), an original co-sponsor of H.R. 373, applauded the amendment's passage saying, "We have a serious problem in America when red tape ties the hands of people who are trying to move forward. There is no reason we should prevent a family or community from being allowed to search for a lost loved one or do what is possible to accept their passing. The actions of government should never do anything to increase the suffering of its people. I am proud to support Congressman Heck’s compassionate and necessary legislation to fix these problems.”

Background:

The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2015 requires that a decision on issuing a permit for accessing public lands be provided to groups within 48 hours of application and that groups are not responsible for obtaining an insurance policy given they waive federal government liability.

The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act was initially drafted in 2013 following the discovery of the bodies of Keith Goldberg and Air Force Staff Sergeant Antonio Tucker in the Lake Mead Recreation Area by Good Samaritan search and rescue teams. In both cases, the volunteer search teams had to wait nearly one year to obtain the proper permits and insurance before conducting their searches. In Goldberg's case, remains were discovered in less than two hours; in Tucker's it took less than two days.

The original legislation passed the House 394-0 in 2013 and 413-0 in 2015. In November of 2015 the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources approved the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, clearing it for Senate floor action.

 

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Rep. Joe Heck: I'm fighting to boost CTE funding for Nevada

2016-05-25 13:07:19


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2016-05-25 12:48:34


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Rep. Joe Heck: I urge my colleagues to support our troops

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2016-04-20 15:53:32


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Rep. Joe Heck Asks about Common Core and Data Collection

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Heck's Good Samaritan Bill Passes House as Amendment to Sportsmen's Bill

2016-02-29 14:38:53


Nevada's education priorities are my focus in Congress

2016-02-24 17:55:27


Heck pushing for EMS to continue to use life-saving medications in the field

2016-02-17 15:23:00


Heck working to simplify student financial aid application

2016-02-05 14:22:12


The President has a choice to make in final SOTU

2016-01-11 21:42:03


Rep. Heck launches Teacher Recognition Award in #NV03

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The President's strategy to confront the Islamic State is not working

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3252
Fax 202-225-2185
heck.house.gov

On November 2, 2010, Joe Heck was elected to the United States Congress as Nevada’s Representative for the Third Congressional District. Heck is only the third person to hold this seat since its creation. He serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Armed Services Committee where he is Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He was also the only freshman appointed to serve on the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, and chairs the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.

Dr. Heck has more than 25 years in public service as a physician, Army Reservist, and community volunteer. Previously, Heck served as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant, Search & Rescue team member, and SWAT physician. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was called to active duty three times, including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a small business owner, he served as the President and Medical Director of Specialized Medical Operations, Inc., a corporation dedicated to providing quality medical training, consulting, and operational support to Law Enforcement, EMS and Military Special Operations. Dr. Heck has lectured and published widely on special operations medical support, the medical response to acts of terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. Heck represented Nevada State Senate District 5 from 2004 through 2008, serving on the Natural Resources, Human Resources and Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees, and as Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.

Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Southern Nevada in 1992. A 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Education, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1992. In July 2006 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies.

Joe is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13456, American Legion Paradise Post 149, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 36 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1947. He enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse.

Joe and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.


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Mark Amodei

NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

Crescent Hardy

NEVADA's 4th DISTRICT

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