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Rep.-elect Denny Heck wins coveted seat on House Budget Committee

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Dec. 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
December 20, 2012 7:29 pm

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Denny Heck doesn’t get sworn in to the U.S. House until Jan. 3, but he’s already been named to an influential committee. The Olympia Democrat announced his appointment to the House Budget Committee in a news release – here – and said he’s the only one of 49 incoming freshman lawmakers to be named to that committee.

Heck represents Washington’s brand new 10th Congressional District and campaigned on a jobs platform. He also was in favor of balancing federal budgets with a mixture of revenues raised by letting tax breaks lapse on high earners and by making reductions in spending.

The former state legislator-turned-entrepreneur, put out a statement Thursday, saying:

“The House Budget Committee is going to be at the heart of the biggest debate that will take place in Congress over the next two years. I look forward to working with members of both parties on passing a budget that reduces the federal deficit, helps create jobs, and keeps the American Dream alive for the middle class and those working to get into it,” Heck said.

The 10th district includes Olympia and most of Thurston County and radiates west and north to Shelton, University Place and Puyallup.

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