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 2017
General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions, Science and Technology
Copatroning Habits
82% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 55% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 69% of them are Republicans.
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Bills Passed
20% in 2016
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 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.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Daily Press: Newport News / Hampton judgeship at issue as session wraps

March 11, 2016
Newport News legislators backed Matthew W. Hoffman, an insurance lawyer, former prosecutor and substitute judge in both Newport News and Hampton. But there was support from Hampton lawmakers, and particularly Del. Gordon Helsel, for Selena ...

Daily Press: Poquoson assistant JV coach also juggling college workload, run at city council

October 3, 2016
He boasts a list of endorsements, including from former governor and U.S. Senator George Allen, 91st District state delegate Gordon Helsel and incumbent Central Precinct councilman Henry Ayer. That he's back at Poquoson coaching football, on a large ...

Daily Press: House of Delegates members paying while climbing the legislative ladder?

June 27, 2015
"The only money I give to the speaker's PAC is what they say I'm required to do," said Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, referring to the speaker and caucus staff. "To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's anything right about it." Helsel gave the ...

Daily Press: Certificate of need reform bills move; heavily lobbied fight rolls on

February 4, 2016
Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna and a committee member, said he didn't feel this pressure. The measure cleared 12-10. Hodges voted against, as did Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Hampton. Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, and Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, ...and more »

Washington Blade: Va. House committee approves religious freedom bill

February 11, 2016
C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), David Albo (R-Prince William County), Thomas Wright (R-Lunenburg County), Richard Anderson (R-Prince William County), Thomas Greason (R-Loudoun County), Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), James LeMunyon (R-Fairfax County ...House passes "religious freedom" bill, Senate Airbnb bill; both chambers roll to subdued crossoverDaily Pressall 233 news articles »

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.


  • HB1416: Line of Duty Act; payments to beneficiaries.
  • HB288: Disposable plastic shopping bags; local option to prohibit distribution.
  • HB289: Driving in flooded areas; localities may by ordinance prohibit, exception.
  • HB420: Auxiliary grants; regulations adopted by Commissioner of DARS for adult foster care home, etc.
  • HB421: Real property tax; exemptions for military members and their surviving spouses.
  • HB782: Social services, local board of; proceedings against persons liable for support.
  • HB1212: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; excludes Chesapeake Bay coastal watershed from Basins.
  • HB1249: York River; scenic and historic designations.
  • HJ231: Commending the Poquoson Fire and Rescue Department.
  • HR90: Commending Elizabeth S. Tai.
  • HR114: Commending Lauren Osborn.
  • 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.