Although I personally find the views and politics of this man repugnant I
believe that, in order for us to represent him as a node there should be more
here than subjective write-ups showing disapproval of him - he’s a misguided
and hateful person (in my opinion) but he has been successful in his career. The
information below comes from the senate website under his biography and a few
other sites. I have made an attempt to prune some of the obvious flattery this
original biography contained and I’m including further information dealing
with his actions and words.
Born in Monroe, North Carolina on October 18, 1921. He attended the Monroe
public schools, Wingate (NC) Junior College and Wake Forest College.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 through 1945.
After WWII, he became the city editor of The Raleigh Times, and later,
Director of News and Programs for the Tobacco Radio Network and Radio Station
WRAL, in Raleigh.
He served as Administrative Assistant to United States Senator Willis Smith
from 1951 to 1953 and United States Senator Alton Lennon in 1953.
In 1952, Mr. Helms directed the radio-television division of the presidential
campaign of Senator Richard B. Russell of Georgia, who was seeking the Democratic Party nomination.
From 1953 through 1960, Mr. Helms was Executive Director of the North
Carolina Bankers Association, and served as editor of the Tarheel Banker.
He served two two-year terms on the Raleigh City Council. During the four
years, 1957 to 1961, he served as Chairman of the Council's Law and Finance
From 1960 until his election to the Senate, he was Executive Vice
Vice Chairman of the Board and assistant Chief Executive Officer of Capitol
Broadcasting Company, Raleigh, North Carolina.
From 1960 until he filed for the Senate in 1972, he wrote and presented daily
editorials on WRAL-TV and the Tobacco Radio Network.
He began his first term in the Senate in January 1973; was reelected to a
second term on November 7, 1978; to a third term on November 6, 1984; a fourth
term on November 6, 1990; and a fifth term on November 7, 1996. He is Chairman
of the Committee on Foreign Relations , a member of the Committee on
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and a member of the Rules And
Other Fun facts:
- He has served as the Director of the North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital
in Durham, the Director of the United Cerebral Palsy of North Carolina, and the
Director of the Wake County Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Center in Raleigh.
- He is a Baptist (Big surprise), and prior to his election to the Senate
served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in
- He was one of the founders and serves as a director of Camp Willow Run, a Youth Camp for
Christ at Littleton, North Carolina.
- He has served on the Board of Trustees of Meredith College, John F. Kennedy
College, Campbell University and Wingate College.
- His name was placed in nomination for Vice President of the United States at
the GOP convention in Kansas City in 1976. Although he asked the convention to
withdraw his name, he nevertheless received 99 delegate votes.
- He is married to the former Dorothy Jane Coble of Raleigh. He is the father
of three children: Jane (Mrs. Charles R. Knox), Nancy (Mrs. John Stuart) of
Raleigh and Charles of Winston-Salem, and has seven grandchildren.
- He holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Bob Jones University,
Greenville, South Carolina and Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania and
he has received Honorary Degrees from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North
Carolina, and Wingate University, Wingate, North Carolina.
- He is past president of the Raleigh Rotary Club, and the Raleigh Executives
Club. He is a 33rd degree Mason, Grand Lodge of Masons of North Carolina (Grand
Orator, 1965, 1982, and 1991) and is a member of the Shrine.
In addition to the biographical information, here are a few more interesting
- People he admires: Thomas Jefferson (for famous Americans), Billy Graham (for
famous North Carolinian)
- Books he likes: Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Robinson Crusoe
- More info. He hosted a luncheon for discussing third world debt and invited
(of all people) Bono from U2. Bono’s quote from this was "It's an
extraordinary thing, I will admit, to have Jesse Helms to throw a lunch for
you," said Bono. "You know it's bad for both of our images."
He’s sponsored several bill
s and resolution
s in the 107th and 106th
. This is a bit of a cut and paste. I’ve not included the specific
bill and resolution numbers but these are a few that I thought were interesting:
- a bill that could potentially strip a school district of federal funds if
they banned the Boy Scouts due to discrimination against Homosexuals. In his
words to the senate: “Specifically, the pending amendment stipulates that if a
public elementary school, or a public secondary school, discriminates against
the Boy Scouts of America - or any other youth group similar to the Boy Scouts -
in providing equal access to school facilities, then that school will be in
jeopardy of losing its federal funds.”
- A resolution commending the Blue Devils of Duke University for winning the
2001 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Championship
- A bill to prohibit the provision of Federal funds to any State or local
educational agency that denies or prevents participation in constitutional prayer in schools
- A bill to protect the lives of unborn human beings
- A bill to make it a violation of a right secured by the Constitution and laws
of the United States to perform an abortion with the knowledge that the abortion
is being performed solely because of the gender of the fetus.
- A bill to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make preferential treatment
an unlawful employment practice, and for other purposes.
- A bill to protect United States military personnel and other elected and
appointed officials of the United States Government against criminal prosecution
by an international criminal court to which the United States is not a party.
- A bill to bar access to United States capital markets to enterprises owned or
controlled by the People's Republic of China, and for other purposes.
- A concurrent resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of the execution
of Polish captives by Soviet authorities in April and May 1940.
- A resolution expressing the appreciation of the Senate for the service of United States
Army personnel who lost their lives in service of their country in
an anti-drug mission in Colombia and expressing sympathy to the families and
loved ones of such personnel
- A resolution condemning the violence in Chechnya.
- A resolution urging the decommissioning of arms and explosives in Northern
- A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to Mother's Day
that the United States Senate should reject the United Nations Convention on the
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as it demeans motherhood and
undermines the traditional family
- A bill to protect the lives of unborn human beings.
- A bill to amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to permit family
planning projects to offer adoption services.
- A bill to prohibit the provision of Federal funds to any State or local
educational agency that denies or prevents participation in constitutional prayer in schools.
- A bill to prohibit the executive branch of the Federal Government from
establishing an additional class of individuals that is protected against
discrimination in Federal employment, and for other purposes - this was in
response to a Clinton Executive Order banning Federal discrimination
- A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located
at 114 Ridge Street in Lenoir, North Carolina, as the "James T. Broyhill Post Office Building".
- An original bill to authorize additional assistance to countries with large
populations having HIV/AIDS, to authorize assistance for tuberculosis
prevention, treatment, control, and elimination, and for other purposes.
- To appropriate, with a rescission, funds for the United States Commission on
International Religious Freedom.
- To require the President certify to Congress that the People's Republic of
China has taken certain actions with respect to ensuring human rights
More you ask?