Dean’s background

USC Intramural Flag Football

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Senator Dean Heller grew up in Carson City, Nevada, with five brothers and sisters. He began working in his father’s auto shop in middle school, and there he learned the importance of hard work, discipline, and commitment – Western values that continue to guide him today.

Those values helped Dean accomplish his dream of graduating from the University of Southern California, in 1985, and he was later recognized with the Distinguished USC Alumni Award in 2012.

His time at the USC Marshall School of Business prepared him to work as a broker on the Pacific Stock Exchange and then an institutional equities trader. Dean then served as a banking Municipal Finance Representative before he started his long political career.

Outlaw Kart Racing with his son, Harris at 8 years old.

Outlaw Kart Racing with his son, Harris at 8 years old.

Time in the U.S. Senate

Dean was sworn in to the United States Senate on May 9, 2011. Prior to his service in the Senate, Dean was the Representative for Nevada's Second Congressional District and also served as Nevada's Secretary of State and in the Nevada State Assembly representing Carson City.


During his time in the Senate, Dean served on the Finance Committee, Banking Committee, Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Commerce Committee. Dean’s service on these committees allowed him to address the housing crisis; stand up for the more than 20 million veterans that have served our country; ensure that our transportation needs were met; and write tax policy that allowed for economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.

Dean was rated as the 5th most bipartisan Senator by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. This bipartisanship enabled him to pass over 100 different pieces of legislation.



Dean and his wife Lynne have been married for more than 30 years and currently reside in Smith Valley, Nevada. They have four children, Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy, and they are the proud grandparents of Brielle, Zachary, and Ava. Dean is a former stock car racer and the Hellers enjoy camping, hunting, and horse packing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
— Abraham Lincoln

more of dean’s achievements

  • Ranked as the 5th most bipartisan Senator in the United States Senate and has a proven record of crossing party lines to improve the lives of Nevadans.

  • Championed legislation for our Veteran heroes including the Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Access to Providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, allowing the VA to hire contract medical scribes so doctors have more time with their patients.

  • Dean is a friend of conservation policy. He led on keeping Yucca Mountain out of Nevada, The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, and a five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit, which facilitates the expansion of commercial and residential solar energy development.

  • His legislation included the INSPIRE Women Act, which directed NASA to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and pursue aerospace careers.

  • He advanced and made sure the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act passed. This extended the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act through 2015 and 2016 to help underwater homeowners.

  • Dean was known for his work to stop the Cadillac Tax on heath care plans. Heller fought to protect 1.3 million workers in Nevada and millions more across the country who have employer-sponsored health plans.

  • Helping bring attention to post-partum depression, Dean led on the Post-Partum Depression Out of the Shadows Act. The maternal depression program will help states provide new mothers who may be struggling with post-partum depression with comprehensive mental health services and support.

  • Helping mortgage loan officers have better job mobility and be able to move easier to fast growing states like Nevada, he championed The SAFE Transitional License Act.

  • Dean’s personal efforts resulted in the passing of the “Violence Against Women Act” which has helped make significant progress towards improving services and resources for sexual and domestic violence survivors and improving the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes.