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

Christian Post: Memorial Day Isn't for Shopping Sprees

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Isn't for Shopping SpreesVirginia Delegate Gordon Helsel represents and serves the 91st district. He is former fire chief, councilman, and mayor of Poquoson. In 1968, he was an Army sergeant bleeding to death in Vietnam when God saved his life in a most surprising way. For ...and more »

Daily Press: SOL opt-outs rare on Peninsula, but are an option for parents

April 30, 2015
Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, is working to change SOL testing for special needs students after seeing one given to a student he described as "a severely handicapped young girl, both mentally and physically handicapped." "When I saw what was given to ...

Daily Press: State Del. Helsel asks for $4 million over two years for Langley AFB buffer in ...

July 15, 2014
HAMPTON ? After Monday's announcement that the Air Force plans to cut 742 positions at Langley Air Force Base, state Del. Gordon Helsel said the state needs to make a commitment to the base showing support and defending against further cuts or ...

The Virginian-Pilot: Legislators are smart to limit development around military bases

March 2, 2015
"The big thing is we want to keep Langley here, just as Virginia Beach wants to keep Oceana," said Del. Gordon Helsel, whose district includes Langley. Readers may have missed the news last week while navigating icy roads, digging out or fighting cabin ...

Daily Press: Helsel: State to kick in $1.25 million for land around Langley

September 3, 2014
Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, has been lobbying for this money for months. It was in and out of the state budget during the legislative session earlier this year, then McAuliffe preserved about $4 million for this sort of project through the state's ...

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.