Dr. Joseph Heck
Commission Chairman, former Member of the House of Representatives (NV-3)
Dr. Heck served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing the 3rd District of Nevada. During that time, he was a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he chaired the subcommittee on Military Personnel; the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he chaired the subcommittee on Technical & Tactical Intelligence; and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Heck served in the Nevada State Senate, where he was Vice Chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, and a member of the Commerce & Labor, Natural Resources, and Human Resources & Education committees. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in health education, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; he completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Board-certified in emergency medicine, he is a fellow of both the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was the Operational Medical Director for the Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas, Nevada, and served as the Medical Director for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Dr. Heck was the founder and President of Specialized Medical Operations, Inc., a corporation dedicated to providing cutting-edge emergency response training, consulting, and operational support to law enforcement, emergency services, military special operations, and business and industry. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Heck was the Medical Director of the Casualty Care Research Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. An active member of the United States Army Reserve, Dr. Heck holds the rank of Brigadier General and is currently assigned as the Commanding General, 807th Medical Command. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a master’s in strategic studies. Dr. Heck currently serves as President of RedRock Government Relations, where he oversees a team that provides insightful and innovative strategic guidance to help clients achieve their public policy goals.