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 (Retired in 2001, did not run for re-election)

Senator Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. was a founding figure of the modern conservative movement. He held several notable roles before his role in politics including serving as the Vice President of WRAL-Television where he delivered nightly televised editorials. His role in the 1976 presidential election was critical to the career of candidate and future President Ronald Reagan. During his 30-year career in the United States Senate, he served his country in multiple capacities, most notably as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He was the first legislator to address the United Nations Security Council. Read more about Senator Helms in Life & Times.