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Sen. Dean Heller

Former Senator for Nevada

pronounced deen // HEH-ler

Heller was a senator from Nevada and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2018.

He was previously the representative for Nevada’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 2007 to 2011.

Photo of Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV, 2011-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Heller.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Heller is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Heller sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Heller was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Heller sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (26%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Taxation (16%) Health (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Labor and Employment (4%) Transportation and Public Works (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Heller recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Heller voted Nay

Heller voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 79/12 on Sep 26, 2011.

Heller voted No

Heller voted Nay

Heller voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From May 2011 to Dec 2018, Heller missed 88 of 2,178 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: