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
80% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 52% 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: Helsel blasts governor, VMRC over watermen bill

February 17, 2017
Del. Gordon Helsel teed off on Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his administration Friday, accusing them of going behind his back on a bill meant to soften penalties on watermen who break state regulations. Helsel, R-Poquoson, has sought a number of changes ...and more »

Daily Press: Poquoson council voices support for watermen legislation

February 13, 2017
Poquoson City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its regular meeting Monday evening to support four House bills that would ease regulations on watermen. The bills were introduced in the state legislature by Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, and ...

Daily Press: State delegate's watermen bills advance, fall, at legislature

January 26, 2017
State delegate's watermen bills advance, fall, at legislatureDel. Gordon Helsel's push to soften penalties for watermen who run afoul of commercial fishing regulations met with some success Thursday, though his attempts to rework prohibitions that date back some 80 years were set aside. Helsel, R-Poquoson, won ...

Daily Press: Legislative notebook: Airbnb, refugee tracking, Everclear, outdoor drinking ...

February 14, 2017
House members initially made the bill swap, but reversed themselves in the face of a long line of local government and lodging industry lobbyists waiting to back Norment's version of the bill before the subcommittee. It was Del. Gordon Helsel, R ...and more »

Daily Press: GOP calls for benefit cuts, fraud measures, in welfare reform

January 28, 2017
"It's not mean spirited at all," Del. John O'Bannon, the bill's sponsor, responded. "The goal here is to get people out of poverty." This bill moved out of committee on a party-line vote, with one exception: Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, voted ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Gordon Helsel’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2012. There are 15 video clips in all.


  • HB1416: Line of Duty Act; payments to beneficiaries.
  • HB1480: Mental health awareness training; law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel.
  • HB1481: Ordinances relating to fire departments and fire companies; operators of emergency vehicles.
  • HB1496: Marine Resources Commission; oyster planting grounds; notice of application for lease.
  • HB1506: Vacant developed property; overgrown shrubs and trees.
  • HB1572: Marine Resources Commission; registration as commercial fisherman; family member or employee.
  • HB1573: Fishing privileges; revocation of license by MRC.
  • HB1574: Oysters culling regulation; cargo of oysters shall be scattered on public rocks.
  • HB1575: Marine Resources Commission; oyster dredge; sanctuary area.
  • HB1956: Prescription drug order; requirements for shipping Schedule VI controlled substances.
  • HB2356: Fort Monroe Authority; increases number of members on Board of Trustees.
  • HJ852: Celebrating the life of Crosby Carroll Forrest.
  • 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.