Election: Election: Defeated Richard "Dick" Muri, R
Born: July 29, 1952; Vancouver, Wash.
Family: Wife, Paula Heck; two children
Education: Portland State U., attended 1974-75; Evergreen State College, B.A. 1973
Career: Public affairs television broadcaster; gubernatorial aide; political consulting company owner; credit union marketing director; school district administrative assistant; congressional district aide; union representative; state legislative aide
Political highlights: Wash. House, 1977-85; Wash. House chief clerk, 1985-87; candidate for Wash. Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1988; Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2010
Denny Heck, D-Wash. (10th District)
Heck lost a bid for Congress in 2010 but turned out to be a better fit for a new district that includes Olympia and parts of Tacoma. The former state House majority leader is viewed as a thoughtful, no-nonsense legislator whose generally liberal views should fit the district.
Heck touts his credentials as a business-builder and backs creating jobs through billions of dollars in new federal infrastructure spending on roads, bridges and water projects. With ports in Tacoma and Olympia factoring into trade policies, he also supports continued funding of the Export-Import Bank to help finance overseas sales of U.S. goods - a move that benefits Boeing Co., the stateís biggest employer.
He wants the Energy Department to push for a comprehensive "smart grid" that uses information technology to gather data about suppliers and consumers to help conserve and use energy more efficiently. He also links economic growth to enhanced education and training, supporting expanded funding of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Head Start early childhood program and efforts to retrain workers at community colleges.
Following his time in public service, Heck co-founded Intrepid Learning Solutions, which offers business-oriented education and training, and helped start several technology and communications concerns, including TVW, the stateís public affairs television network. He has a creative streak, self-publishing a mystery novel and writing and performing in the one-man play "Our Times."
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.