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Rep. Denny Heck

Former Representative for Washington’s 10th District

pronounced DEH-nee // hek

Heck was the representative for Washington’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2020.

Photo of Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10, 2013-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Heck.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Heck is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Heck sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Heck was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Heck sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Housing and Community Development (17%) Environmental Protection (17%) International Affairs (11%) Native Americans (11%) Animals (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Taxation (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Heck recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Heck voted Yea

Heck voted Yea

Passed 247/169 on Mar 14, 2018.

H.R. 1116 moves federal financial regulatory agencies that regulate financial institutions away from a static or one-size-fits-all approach when implementing regulations. Specifically, the bill requires …

Heck voted No

Passed 416/7 on Mar 22, 2017.

Health care is one of the most contentious and partisan issues on Capitol Hill, but a bill intended to increase competition in the health insurance …

Heck voted Yea

Passed 240/181 on Feb 7, 2017.

H.J.Res. 58, would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Department of Education on October 31, 2016, imposing new standards on teacher education and …

Heck voted Yea

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

Heck voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for …

Heck voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Heck voted Yea

Heck voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Heck voted Nay

Heck voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2020, Heck missed 68 of 4,693 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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