Senator Jesse Helms

Quick Facts

  • Full Name: Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr.
  • Birth: October 18, 1921 in Monroe, North Carolina
  • Death: July 4, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Parents: Jesse Alexander and Ethel Mae Helms
  • Wife: Dorothy Coble Helms
  • Children: Jane, Nancy and Charles
  • Grandchildren: Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
  • Time in Office: January 1973 – January 2003
  • Additional Senate Roles: Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 104th, 105th and 106th Congress (1995-2001); Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 97th, 98th and 99th Congress (1981-1987)
  • Terms Served: Five (6 year terms)