The son of an auto mechanic and school cook, Dean Heller grew up in Carson City with five brothers and sisters. He learned the importance of hard work, discipline, and commitment when he started working in his father’s auto shop in middle school. He also developed a love for racing cars from his father, “Blackjack” Heller, a champion stock car racer.
Dean with his grandson on the ranch.
After working to put himself through college, Dean married Lynne and together they raised four children – Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy. As an avid hunter, fisherman, and lifelong Nevadan Dean loves to live where the air is a little fresher and the stars are a little brighter -- and that’s exactly Dean and Lynne do living on a ranch in Smith Valley in rural Nevada.
Dean has always seen public service as an opportunity to fight for the state of Nevada and the people who call Nevada home. His first question on policy issues is always “How does it affect Nevada?”
Dean is committed to getting things done and will work with anybody, in either party, to fix a problem and improve the lives of the people of Nevada. He has authored over 100 pieces of legislation that are now law, including bills to protect veterans, prevent human trafficking and violence against women, reduce taxes, protect communities from the threat of terrorism, to uphold Second Amendment rights, shrink the role that the federal government, and promote women in entrepreneurship.
The Heller Band is one of Dean's favorite Christmas traditions. Read More
When he’s not representing Nevadans as their U.S. Senator, Dean enjoys spending time with his grandkids–Brielle, Zachary, and Ava–camping, hunting, or horse packing in the Sierras on the Nevada trails.