Helen Giddings is President of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company, which she founded in 1989. Previously, Giddings served as Vice President of Leadership Development at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and as an executive responsible for 11 states with Sears, Roebuck & Company.
Helen is presently serving her 11th term in the Texas House of Representatives. She serves as the Vice Chair of the State Affairs Committee and previously chaired the Business & Industry Committee for three terms. Today, she continues to serve on House Appropriations Committee, State Affairs Committee, and the Calendars Committee. The Speaker of the House previously appointed her to the Texas Legislative Council Governing Board, the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, and the Joint Interim Committee to Study Alzheimer's Disease.
With a profound interest in the arts, Helen has served on many boards including; the African American Museum, Dallas Symphony Board, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Theater Center. Her contributions led to the African American Museum naming a room in her honor.
Strongly committed to public service, Giddings has served as the Board Chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Dallas Transit Board, member of the Dallas Planning Commission, State Bar Grievance Committee and the Dallas County Grand Jury.
Giddings has served as President of the bi-partisan 1600 member, National Foundation of Women Legislators. She was the first woman of color and the first Texan to be elected to this prestigious position in the group's history. Giddings is an active member and served on the Executive Committees of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislators and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women.
Her civic service has earned special recognition and many awards including: the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Award (NFBPA); the City of Lancaster has named its Amphitheater "Helen Giddings Amphitheater;" an Honorary Doctorate from Paul Quinn College; Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Quest for Success Award; Dallas CAN Academy! Woman of the Year Award; Texas PTA Life Membership Award; National Association of Historically Black Colleges Alumni Award; Maura Women Helping Women Award; American Heart Association, "Heart of Honor" Award; University of Texas at Dallas Science and Engineering Advancement Award; Texas Library Association "100 Library Champions of the Century" Award; Texas Medical Association "Patiente Protectorae" Award; and the African American Museum Heritage Award; Ebony Magazine's 100 Plus Most Influential Black American; Helen Giddings Solarium, African American Museum, and Outstanding Legislator Award; Mother's Against Teen Violence.
Helen Giddings es presidenta de Multiplex Inc., una compañía de concesiones de especialidades que ella fundó en 1989. Anteriormente, Giddings se desempeñó como vicepresidenta de Desarrollo de Liderazgo de la Cámara de Comercio de Dallas y como ejecutiva a cargo de once estados con Sears, Roebuck & Compañía.
Helen se encuentra, actualmente, cumpliendo su 11.° período en la Cámara de Representantes de Texas. Es vicepresidenta del Comité de Asuntos de Estado y, anteriormente, presidió el Comité del Comercio y la Industria durante tres períodos. Hoy, continúa sirviendo en el Comité de Asignaciones Presupuestarias, en el Comité de Asuntos de Estado, y en el Comité de Calendarios. El presidente de la Cámara la nombró, previamente, a la Junta de Gobierno del Consejo Legislativo de Texas, a la Corte Suprema de Texas, a la Comisión Judicial Permanente de la Infancia, la Juventud y la Familia, y al Comité Interino Conjunto para el Estudio de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer.
Con un profundo interés por las artes, Helen ha participado en diversas juntas, incluyendo la junta del Museo Afroamericano, de la Sinfónica de Dallas, de Musicales de Verano de Dallas, de la Sociedad Histórica de Dallas y del Centro de Teatro de Dallas. Sus contribuciones llevaron al Museo Afroamericano a nombrar una sala en su honor.
Sólidamente comprometida con el servicio público, Giddings se ha desempeñado como presidenta de la Junta de la Cámara de Comercio Afroamericana de Dallas, vicepresidenta de la Junta de Tránsito de Dallas, miembro de la Comisión de Planeación de Dallas, del Comité de Quejas del Colegio de Abogados del Estado y del Gran Jurado del Condado de Dallas.
Giddings ha fungido como presidenta de la Fundación Nacional Bipartidista de Mujeres, entidad que cuenta con mil seiscientos miembros. Ella fue la primera mujer de color y la primera texana en ser elegida para ese prestigioso puesto en la historia del grupo. Giddings es miembro activo y ha trabajado en los Comités Ejecutivos de Red Legislativa de Mujeres de la Conferencia Nacional de Legisladores Estatales y la Organización Nacional de Mujeres Legisladoras Afroamericanas Elegidas (NOBEL).
Su servicio cívico la ha hecho acreedora de un especial reconocimiento y de numerosos premios, incluso el Premio del Foro Nacional de Administradores Públicos Afroamericanos (NFBPA). La ciudad de Lancaster nombró su anfiteatro en su honor "Anfiteatro Helen Giddings”, recibió un Doctorado Honorario de Paul Quinn College, fue distinguida con el Premio Búsqueda del Éxito de la Cámara Afroamericana de Comercio de Dallas y con el Premio Mujer del Año de Dallas CAN Academy!, con el Premio de Membresía Vitalicia de PTA Texas, con el Premio de los Egresados de la Asociación Nacional de las Universidades Históricamente Afroamericanas, con el Premio Maura de Mujeres Ayudando a Mujeres, con el Premio Corazón de Honor de la Asociación Americana del Corazón, con el Premio de Avance de las Ciencias e Ingeniería de la Universidad de Texas en Dallas, con el Premio 100 Campeones de Bibliotecas del Siglo de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de Texas, con el Premio Protección del Paciente de la Asociación Médica de Texas y el Premio de la Herencia del Museo Afroamericano. Fue incluida por la revista Ebony entre las cien personas afroamericanas más influyentes. El Museo Afroamericano la honró con el Solario Helen Giddings y fue reconocida con el Premio al Legislador Sobresaliente, Madres Contra la Violencia Adolescente.
Giddings, Speaker Straus, Canterbury Volleybal Team
Giddings at front mic opening day
Giddings Swearig In Ceremony
St. Luke power luncheon on redistricting. Rep. Helen Giddings, Senator West (Left), and Tyrone Gordon, Sr. Pastor of St. Luke UMC (right).
Rep. Giddings is pictured presenting $10K check to Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Rep. Giddings introduces Speaker Joe Straus to District 109. In a visit arranged by Rep. Helen Giddings, Texas House of Representatives' Speaker Joe Straus made his first visit to the University of North Texas at Dallas on September 29, 2009
Dr. John E. Price, Dr. Lee Jackson, Rep. Helen Giddings, Speaker Joe Straus & Mayors: Marcus Knight, Rob Franke, Tom Leppert, Bobby Waddle, Artis Johnson,Jeffrey Steele
Rep. Giddings hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop which helped approximately two hundred homeowners struggling to make monthly mortgage payments.
Rep. Giddings speaks at Press Conference during the 81st legislative session.
Rep. Giddings is pictured giving oath opening day of the 81st legislative session at the State Capitol.
Rep. Giddings is pictured with Speaker of the House Joe Straus, Mayor of Lancaster Marcus Knight, Mayor of DeSoto Bobby Waddle and other prestigious community leaders throughout district 109.
Rep. Giddings attends the Governors' signing of Senate Bill 629. SB 629 repealed provisions that placed limits on the number of revenue bonds the University of North Texas Dallas Campus could receive.
Dallas Can Academy principal Verna Mitchell is pictured giving testimony on certified teacher bill during the public education committee hearing at the State Capitol's 81st Legislative Session.
Rep. Giddings hosts the Cedar Hill and Desoto basketball teams at the State Capitol during the 81st legislative session. Both teams fought for the 5A State Boys' Basketball Championship May 14, 2009 in Austin.
Rep. Giddings hosts the DeSoto High School boy's basketball team at the State Capitol during the 81st legislative session. The DeSoto High School boy's basketball team won the 2009 5A State Boys' Basketball Championship in Austin.
Rep. Giddings hosts the Cedar Hill boy's basketball team at the State Capitol during the 81st legislative session. The Cedar Hill boys' basketball team were the Runner-Up for the 2009 5A State Championship.
Rep. Giddings speaks at a rally for Children's Health Insurance during the 80th Legislative Session. As a result of Giddings efforts, 127,000 more children are now eligible for CHIP.
Rep. Giddings hosts the Cedar Hill High School football team at the State Capitol during the 80th legislative session. The Cedar Hill High School football team won the 5A Division II State Football Championship.
Rep. Giddings hosts the Lancaster Girls Track team at the State Capitol
during the 80th legislative session. The Lancaster High School girls' Track & Field
team set a new record by winning the school's 7th consecutive
Class 4A State Track & Field Championship in Austin.
Rep. Giddings hosts the South Oak Cliff Boy's basketball team at the State Capitol during the 80th legislative session. The South Oak Cliff boys' basketball team won the 2007 UIL Class 4A State Boys' Basketball Championship.
Rep. Giddings hosted Everson Walls, former Dallas Cowboys football player, at the State Capitol. Mr. Walls selflessly gave one of his kidney's to friend and former teammate, Ron Springs. Giddings honored Mr. Walls on the floor of both the Texas House and Senate with a congratulatory resolution.
Rep. Giddings attends the signing of House Bill 109. HB 109 The bill removes significant barriers to CHIP enrollment by restoring the 12-month period of continuous coverage, and eliminating a 90-day wait period for coverage. These changes will give children the health insurance they need. They will have access to preventative care and life saving treatments.
Giddings successfully amended the appropriations bill to include more money
in the RetroFit Fund, and joint sponsored Senate Bill 12, the bill that includes
this provision. This important program provides money to low-income vehicle
owners to replace vehicles that fail the emissions test. For more information
about this program, call 1-800-898-9103.
Monday March 12, 2007, Representative Giddings met with Texas Federation of Teachers members to discuss education issues affecting the state of Texas and District 109.
Representative Giddings and Vince Young, Tennessee Titans Football Player.
Representative Giddings and Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Texas Supreme Court.
Representative Giddings and Montel Williams.
Pictured are Representative Giddings, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Irwin Thompson, and Speaker Tom Craddick. On February 13, 2007, Irwin Thompson, a Dallas Morning News Photographer, was honored on the floor of the Texas House. Mr. Thompson won the Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Pictured are Representative Giddings and Astronaut Joan Higginbotham during Joan Higginbotham Day at the Capitol February 6, 2007.
Representative Giddings hosted Ruby Young Elementary School 4th graders at the Capitol on January 12, 2007. Students enjoyed a Question and Answer conversation with Rep. Giddings as well as a personal tour through her office.
Representative Giddings and students from Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas engage in a simulation of legislative debate as a part of the National Conference of State Legislator's Back to School Week.
Representative Giddings addresses students from Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas as a part of the National Conference of State Legislator's Back to School Week. Giddings explained to students that their ideas count, and it is never to early to get involved in our representative democracy.