City: Olympia, Washington
Education: Columbia River High School, Vancouver. Earned bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College; did graduate work in public administration at Portland State University.
Political Experience: U.S. representative, serving Washington’s 10th Congressional District; former state legislator; former governor’s chief of staff.
Work experience: Co-founder of TVW and Integrated Learning Solutions.
Campaign financing: Raised about $900,000 as of Oct. 6, with maximum contributions of $4,000 coming from at least 43 donors, including the Washington Education Association, Tulalip and Nisqually tribes, Justice for All PAC and the Federation of State Employees.
Family: Married to Paula Frucci Heck. Has two adult children.
- Web: dennyheck.com
Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat in doubt. Early returns indicate the tide will carry more Republicans into the still solidly Democratic-controlled Legislature in Olympia, and to the already Republican-dominated courthouse in Spokane. Because Washington votes will continue to arrive in the mail for more than a week, close races might not be decided until right before Thanksgiving.
Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent this year, but it’s not fatal. Few incumbents were eliminated in the state’s top-two primary, but some clearly have their work ahead of them.