Rep. Heck named to budget seat

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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 and said he's the only one of 49 incoming freshman lawmakers to be named to that committee.

A Vancouver native, 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.