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U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

As of this evening, we are just seventeen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala, which (as in past years!) will be taking place in the heart of King County at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center. For the past few months, we’ve been busy organizing the event and putting together a great speaking program for your education and enjoyment.

Last month, we announced that State Representative Chris Reykdal, a true champion for working families, would be our opening speaker. Tonight, we’re delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative Denny Heck, who has ably represented the new 10th Congressional District since its inception following the 2011-2012 redistricting process.

The 10th District encompasses most of what is colloquially known as the South Sound. Its northern edge stretches from Pacific along the King/Pierce county line to Shelton to Mason County, and it takes in Rainier and Tenino along its southern border. The cities of Lacey and Olympia sit at approximately its center.

Denny has a long history of involvement in Washington State politics. During the 1970s and 1980s, he served five terms in the state House, representing southwest Washington and rising to the post of Democratic Majority Leader under Speaker Wayne H. Ehlers. He subsequently became the Chief Clerk of the House.

In 1990, then-Governor Booth Gardner tapped Heck to serve as his chief of staff through the remainder of his time in office. (Gardner was succeeded by Mike Lowry in 1993, following the 1992 presidential and gubernatorial elections).

Heck later cofounded and served as the chief executive officer of TVW, Washington’s version of C-SPAN, which provides gavel to gavel coverage of the Legislature and the Supreme Court. In 2010, he ran to succeed Brian Baird as U.S. Representative in the old 3rd Congressional District, but lost to Republican Jaime Herrera-Beutler.

He was redistricted into the new 10th and elected to represent the 10th in November of 2012, easily defeating Republican Dick Muri.

Following his election to the U.S. House, Representative Heck was assigned to the House Financial Services Committee. He serves on two of its subcommittees: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Oversight and Investigations. He is the only member of Congress serving on Financial Services from our region.

We’re very happy to have Representative Heck as our keynote speaker this year. Denny is both one of the newest members of our state’s congressional delegation and one of the most experienced, having served in the legislative and executive branches at the state level. He’ll be giving us an update on the happenings (or lack thereof) in the House and sharing his perspective on what our movement needs to do to uphold and expand the rights of working men and women.

We’re very excited to have Denny and Chris anchoring our speaking program this year, and we hope you are, too. If you haven’t yet bought your ticket to our 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala yet, we urge you to do so now using one of these buttons. A household ticket admits all the members of an immediate family and is a good value if you plan to attend with your spouse or children. (The gala is a family-friendly event, and young people of all ages are welcome!)


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Here’s what else you can expect at our 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala:

  • A full dinner buffet with vegetarian and vegan choices
  • Beer and wine selections from our cash bar
  • Opportunities to mingle with fellow activists and elected leaders
  • A chance to win a scrumptious dessert for your table at our second annual Dessert Dash, organized by our Host Committee
  • A family-friendly atmosphere

If you’d like to RSVP for the gala on Facebook, you can do so here.

Students who want to volunteer to help put on the event can get in the door free. If you’re interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us.

During the next few days, we’ll be sharing more details about our 2014 gala, including the names of our final two speakers. We hope you’ll help us make our biggest event of the year a success by buying your ticket and committing to attend.

See you on April 25th!

Can’t attend the event? Please make a contribution to support NPI’s work. NPI needs your help now to keep our many projects going strong, and to strengthen our research and media capabilities.

Even if it’s just $10 or $20, your donation will make a huge difference.