Delegate Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson)

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91: County of York; Cities of Hampton (part) and Poquoson [map]
Took Office
March 2011
Next Election
November 2015
General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions, Science and Technology
Copatroning Habits
83% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 56% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 70% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
18.2% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$65,748.58 cash on hand (May 2013 report)

A Tidewater native, Gordon Helsel is a Vietnam veteran—he earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star—who owned and operated the York Box and Barrel Manufacturing Company until his 2001 retirement. He was the mayor of Poquoson at the time of his election to the General Assembly, a position that he'd held since 1996. He was first elected to the Poquoson Council in 1982. Helsel holds an associate's degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Thomas Nelson Community College. He's married, with two grown sons.

Top 10 Donors
Dominion Leadership Trust Speakers Mail Allowance Pledge Fredricksburg $1,896
Dominion Leadership Trust Speakers Mail Allowance Pledge Fredricksburg $1,586
John I. Martin Real Estate Poquoson $1,500
John I. Martin Real Estate Poquoson $1,500
F. Lewis Wood Automotive Hampton $1,000
D Wayne Moore Unknown Poquoson $500
Robert L. Freeman Retired CPA Newport News $500
L.D. Amory and Company., Inc. Seafood Hampton $500
Delma and Diana Freeman Aerospace Eng. / Retired Poquoson $500
Thomas W. Meehan Real Estate Developer Newport News $500

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Recent Mentions in the Media Budget Could Include $2.4 Million for Encroachment

February 26, 2015
In addition to sales costs, the money covers site assessments, demolitions and other expenses, he said. Del. Gordon Helsel, a Republican whose district includes part of Hampton, said he's delighted by the city's progress. "We feel very, very confident ...

Daily Press: Israel resolution sparks passion, controversy, in Va. House

February 23, 2015
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, a Jewish delegate Pogge initially asked to co-sponsor this measure, said the resolution's language remains problematic. Filler-Corn, D-Springfield, said she'd like to find language everyone can support, but she ended up leaving ...

Daily Press: Execution secrecy bill goes down in Va. House

February 24, 2015
David Yancey, R-Newport News, and Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson. State Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and Dels. Mamye BaCote, D-Newport News, Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, and Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, voted against. Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, ...and more »

Daily Press (blog): Boat decals: Localities can choose to levy fees

February 23, 2015
In November, the city of Hampton asked Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, to submit legislation that would, if approved, grant the city permission to levy a boat decal fee that would act as another source of revenue. Hampton officials argued that the city ...

Daily Press: Senate budget add-ons target Hampton Roads school, ship repair program

February 11, 2015
The plan is to move as many homes as possible out of the base's most likely crash zone. This money is not in the Senate budget, but "it will be," according to Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson. The Senate budget also includes $1.9 million to study transit ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Gordon Helsel’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 12 video clips in all.


  • HB1847: Public assistance; eligibility determinations.
  • HB2032: Notice to localities and property owner's application for use of bottomland.
  • HJ550: Commending National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • HJ629: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization; signage.
  • HR241: Commending Robert Carter Redman III.
  • HB1049: Regional Criminal Justice Academy Training Fund; local fee.
  • HB1180: Fort Monroe Authority; powers and duties, land and utility ownership.
  • HJ79: Commending Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 63.
  • HJ111: Virginia STEAM Academy; encourages completion and opening of Academy in Hampton.
  • HJ121: Advanced Composites Initiative; encouraging development at historic Langley Research Center.
  • HJ236: Commending Mary McCoy.
  • HJ278: Celebrating the life of Frank J. Ottofaro, Sr.
  • HJ414: Commending Ross Graham.
  • HJ448: Commending the Bodacious Bazaar & Art Festival.
  • HJ449: Celebrating the life of Bobby Gene Tignor.
  • HJ5110: Celebrating the life of Harold Green Jackson.
  • HB1036: Primary elections expenses; local electoral boards authorized to establish procedures.
  • HB1986: Open-end credit plan; establishes requirements for certain loans.
  • HB2191: Court-appointed guardians of incapacitated persons; annual report.
  • HB2192: Court-appointed guardians of incapacitated persons; annual report.
  • HB2222: Appraisal management companies; provision of appraisal services.
  • HJ842: Celebrating the life of Rhys Tyler Ritter.
  • HJ843: Celebrating the life of Sergeant David James Chambers.
  • HB579: Applications for public assistance; may be made electronically.
  • HB580: Fort Monroe Authority Act; declaration of policy, Governor to approve Fort Monroe Master Plan.
  • HB1036: Primary elections expenses; local electoral boards authorized to establish procedures.
  • HJ167: Commending the Poquoson Little League 9 - 10 Baseball All-Star team.
  • HJ168: Commending the Poquoson Little League 10 - 11 Baseball All-Star team.
  • HJ169: Commending the Poquoson Little League 11 - 12 Baseball All-Star team.
  • HJ170: Commending the Poquoson High School football team.
  • HJ314: Commending the work of the Fort Monroe Authority.
  • HJ358: Commending the Rotary Club of Yorktown.
  • HJ376: Commending the work in establishing Fort Monroe National Monument.
  • HJ377: Commending Ray Mingee.
  • HJ5027: Celebrating the life of Susan Bentley Joseph.
  • HR37: Commending Molly Ward.