The son of an auto mechanic and a school cook, 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.
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. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Southern California and worked as a stockbroker and as a broker/trader on the Pacific Stock Exchange before moving back to Carson City, Nevada.
Dean serves on the Committee on Finance; Banking; Veterans' Affairs; and the Commerce Committee. These committees allow him to address the housing crisis, stand up for the more than 300,000 veterans living in Nevada, ensure that Nevada's transportation needs are met, and advance policies that facilitate additional tourism in Nevada to boost the state’s economy.
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 and Zachary. The Hellers enjoy camping, hunting, and horse packing in the Sierras on the Nevada trails.