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“Rep. Dennis Hecks (D-Wash.) arrival in the District of Columbia was a long-awaited return to the world where he won his spurs.
A political wunderkind in the state of Washington, he was a state legislator at 24 and majority leader by age 31. Scarcely finished with school himself, he was an education expert, authoring the states 1977 Basic Education Act, which codified the funding system for Washington schools. After retiring from the Washington legislature in 1986, he served a four-year stint as chief of staff during Gov. Booth Gardners (D) second term.
With Gardners departure from office in 1993, though, Hecks political career went into a long hibernation, and his second life arc as an entrepreneur and investor began.”
“Heck isnt willing to speculate about how long hell be in Washington, but he is emphatic that this office will be his last.
‘Categorically, not gonna happen. I am ruling it out,’ he said about a possible gubernatorial or Senate run.
He attributes the decision not only to his relatively advanced age for a freshman, but also to his contentment with the accomplishments he already has,” quoting Blake Neff in The Hill.