LAS VEGAS (AP) - According to the latest financial disclosure forms, Rep. Joe Heck's wife collected unemployment benefits in 2011 after she lost her job with her husband's company when he was elected to Congress.
Democrats told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Lisa Heck should not have applied for benefits at a time when thousands of Nevadans are financially struggling and her husband draws a $174,000 congressional salary.
But the Nevada Republican says his wife was no different from others who lost their job and qualified for payments.
Lisa Heck was a nurse who worked for Specialized Medical Operations, a medical and training and consulting firm where her husband served as president.
But the company was dissolved after Heck was elected to Congress in 2010.
The benefits were first reported by Politico.