Sen. Dean Heller

Senator from Nevada, Republican

Heller, a Republican, is a senator from Nevada and has served since May 9, 2011 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Nevada's 2nd congressional district (2007-2011).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Heller.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Heller has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Heller is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Dean Heller sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Heller was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Heller sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (30%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (23%) Taxation (19%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Health (5%) Labor and Employment (5%) International Affairs (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Heller’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Heller’s Vote Vote Description
No H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 271/158.
Nay H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 17, 2011. Passed 279/143.
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Yea H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From May 2011 to Apr 2017, Heller missed 59 of 1,694 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 30 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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