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  Helms, Jesse A.
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationRepublican  
<-  1997-01-01  
 
NameJesse A. Helms
Address
Raleigh, North Carolina , United States
EmailNone
WebsiteNone
Born October 18, 1921
DiedJuly 04, 2008 (86 years)
ContributorPicimpalious
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 21, 2017 07:49pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Conservative - Anti Environment - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Married - Freemason - Southern Baptist - Straight -
InfoSenator Helms was born in Monroe, North Carolina on October 18, 1921. He attended the Monroe public schools, Wingate (NC) Junior College and Wake Forest College. 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 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.

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 Committee. 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.

Senator Helms was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1972 and served 1973--2003. He was Ranking Minority member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and a member of the Rules And Administration Committee.

Senator Helms galvanized many of the former Dixiecrats and brought them into the Republican Party in North Carolina. He became a leader of the religious conservative movement early in the 1970s and developed a nationwide reputation. 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. The American Party offered its Presidential nomination to him that same year, which he declined.

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.


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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jul 09, 2008 01:00am General He quit rather than lower flag for Helms  Article DFWDem 
Jul 04, 2008 09:45am Obituary Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies  Article James Crews 
Apr 03, 2006 09:00am News Jesse Helms suffers from dementia  Article Servo 
Dec 14, 2005 09:00am General Change of heart  Article Thomas Walker 
Jun 09, 2005 02:00pm News Report: Helms apologetic on AIDS, not segregation  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Feb 01, 2005 12:00am News Helms Pleads to Keep Clinton Out of U.N.  Article None Entered 

DISCUSSION
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INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  11/05/1996 NC US Senate Won 52.64% (+6.73%)
  11/06/1990 NC US Senate Won 52.54% (+5.11%)
  05/08/1990 NC US Senate - R Primary Won 84.32% (+76.10%)
  01/03/1985 Chairman-Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1984 NC US Senate Won 51.66% (+3.85%)
  05/08/1984 NC US Senate - R Primary Won 90.65% (+81.29%)
  01/03/1983 Chairman-Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/1981 Chairman-Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  07/17/1980 US Vice President - R Convention Lost 2.75% (-90.58%)
  02/26/1980 NH US Vice President - R Primary Won 83.68% (+75.05%)
  02/26/1980 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 0.33% (-86.18%)
  11/07/1978 NC US Senate Won 54.50% (+9.02%)
  08/19/1976 US Vice President - R Convention Lost 4.56% (-80.48%)
  11/07/1972 NC US Senate Won 54.01% (+8.01%)
  05/06/1972 NC US Senate - R Primary Won 60.11% (+30.65%)
ENDORSEMENTS
NC Lt. Governor - R Primary - Jul 20, 2004 R James E. Snyder
NC Governor - R Primary - Jul 20, 2004 R William W. "Bill" Cobey, Jr.
NC District 5 - R Primary - Jul 20, 2004 R J. Edgar "Ed" Broyhill
NC US Senate - R Primary - Jul 20, 2004 R Richard Burr
US Ambassador to New Zealand - Nov 15, 1999 NPA Reject
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
Member of the Federal Reserve Board - Aug 11, 1994 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Switzerland - Feb 09, 1994 NPA Reject
U.S. Surgeon General - Sep 07, 1993 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 NPA Reject
TX US Senate - Special - May 01, 1993 R Clymer Wright
ID District 2 - R Primary - May 26, 1992 R Gary Glenn
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 15, 1991 R Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 02, 1990 R David Souter
US Secretary of Health & Human Services - Mar 01, 1989 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Feb 03, 1988 R Anthony M. Kennedy
Secretary of Defense - Nov 23, 1987 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 23, 1987 R Robert H. Bork
US Secretary of Commerce - Oct 18, 1987 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Mozambique - Sep 11, 1987 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Philippines - Aug 07, 1987 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Somalia - Apr 24, 1987 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R William H. Rehnquist
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R Antonin Scalia
CA US Senate - R Primary - Jun 03, 1986 R Bruce Herschensohn
Secretary of Health & Human Services - Dec 12, 1985 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to China - Nov 06, 1985 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to El Salvador - Jul 18, 1985 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Germany - Jul 18, 1985 NPA Reject
Majority Leader - Nov 28, 1984 R Robert J. "Bob" Dole
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jul 28, 1983 NPA Reject
Secretary of Health & Human Services - Mar 08, 1983 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Chile - Mar 02, 1982 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 21, 1981 R Sandra Day O'Connor
Secretary of Defense - Jan 21, 1981 NPA Reject
NY US Senate - R Primary - Sep 09, 1980 R Alfonse M. D'Amato
U. S. Secretary of State - May 08, 1980 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to China - Feb 27, 1979 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to the United Nations - Jan 30, 1977 NPA Reject
NC US President - R Primary - Mar 23, 1976 R Ronald Wilson Reagan
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 1976 R Ronald Wilson Reagan
CIA Director - Jan 27, 1976 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 17, 1975 R John Paul Stevens
Secretary of Defense - Nov 20, 1975 NPA Reject
US Secretary of the Interior - Jun 11, 1975 NPA Reject
US Vice President - Appointment - Dec 19, 1974 NPA Reject
U. S. Secretary of State - Sep 21, 1973 NPA Reject
U.S. Secretary of Labor - Feb 01, 1973 NPA Reject
NC Governor - D Primary - May 28, 1960 D I. Beverly Lake
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1952 D Richard B. Russell, Jr.