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Senator Dean Heller

Expert on Finance, Banking and Election Law; US Senator from Nevada (2011-2018); US House of Representatives (2007-2011); Nevada’s Secretary of State (1993-2006); Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award - USC

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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.

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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.

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.

Senator Heller spent 12 years in Congress serving the most prestigious committees including: House Ways and Means,  Senate Finance, and Banking. In this presentation, he will share the lessons about tax reform, banking reform, and banking development that he learned from the Great Recession, and more importantly how to avoid a repeat.


Senator Heller served 12 years as Nevada’s chief election officer. During his time in congress, he was recognized, with other former Secretaries of State, as an expert in the election process. “Everyone is an expert in two things, politics and kids sports,” says Heller. He will walk us through the traps of current election reforms.


Senator Heller hails from a state that is eighty seven percent federally owned. He emphasizes Mark Twain’s words of wisdom, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” Audiences will learn about the dynamic relationship the Western states must deal with and how to overcome their obstacles.


Senator Heller is an avid supporter of both gun and hunting rights. A westerner and lifelong hunter, Senator Heller brings a clear perspective on a very controversial topic.


As a second generation stock car driver, Senator Heller shares with his audience the parallels of driving fast and hard on the track and on the floor of the United States Senate. With the passage of over 100 pieces of legislation, there was no time for a pit stop. Share time with the Senator as he discusses past, current, and future political events.


HellerHighwater Ranch is a productive hay farm in western Nevada. Travel with Senator Heller as he discusses America’s agriculture industry and the struggles of today’s farmers.


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