Senator Helms was well known in Washington, D.C. for his quality staff and their commitment to accuracy and the constituents. To Senator Helms, the hardworking people in his office were more than staffers; they were extended members of his family. He attended their weddings, visited with their children, invited them to his home, and always made sure to ask how they were doing. But this isn’t to say he didn’t expect excellence. Countless members of his staff report times when he quizzed them about the source of obtained information and sent letters back with grammatical corrections. His staff knew that excellence was expected, but they always understood why. They knew Senator Helms had a commitment to the people in his state and country and that he never intended to do anything which would break that trust.