At a Glance
- Career History: U.S. Representative (January 2007 to may 2011); Nevada Secretary of State (1994-2006); Nevada State Assembly, Carson City (1990-1994); Consultant, Bank of America (1990-1994)
- Birthday: May 10, 1960
- Hometown: Carson City, Nevada
- Alma Mater: University of Southern California, B.A., 1985
- Spouse: Lynne
- Religion: Mormon
- Committees: Ways and Means
- DC Office: 125 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-6155
Path to Power
Born in 1960 in Castro Valley, Calif., Heller was raised in Carson City, Nev., where his newspaper route included deliveries to the state Capitol.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied business administration, Heller worked as a stockbroker and a trader at the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco.
During the 110th Congress (2007-2009), Heller voted with House Republicans 92.2 percent of the time.
Heller has supported federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, voting to lift the ban in 2007 despite the Bush administration's opposition.
Though Heller often teamed with Sen. John Ensign (R) on political issues, Heller has also been critical of the senator who is under Senate investigation for an extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. Though Heller never called for Ensign's resignation, he did call the senator "wounded" in April 2010. "Will it have impact up and down the ticket for Republicans this fall? I think there is a potential of that happening," Heller said.
Heller is the policy chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus. The chairman of the caucus is Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah).