Texas House Member

Rep. Giddings, Helen

District 109

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Capitol Address:

Room GW.11, Capitol
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0953
(512) 463-5887 Fax

District Address:

1510 North Hampton Road, #340
DeSoto, TX 75115
(972) 224-6795
(972) 228-6796 Fax

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Dallas (part)

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2011 House Appropriations Committee
2011 House Appropriations Committee
Danielle Jones & Family
Danielle Jones & Family
Alzheimers Association & HG
Alzheimers Association & HG
Giddings, Speaker Straus, Canterbury Volleybal Team
Giddings, Speaker Straus, Canterbury Volleybal Team
Giddings at front mic opening day
Giddings at front mic opening day
Giddings Swearig In Ceremony
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 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
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
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

Rep. Giddings is pictured presenting $10K check to Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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

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
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
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
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

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 hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop which helped approximately two hundred homeowners struggling to make monthly mortgage payments.
Rep. Giddings hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop which helped approximately two hundred homeowners struggling to make monthly mortgage payments.
Rep. Giddings hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop which helped approximately two hundred homeowners struggling to make monthly mortgage payments.
Rep. Giddings hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop which helped approximately two hundred homeowners struggling to make monthly mortgage payments.

Dallas Can Academy principal Verna Mitchell

Rep. Giddings speaks at Press Conference during the 81st legislative session.

Rep. Giddings hosts the Cedar Hill and Desoto basketball

Rep. Giddings is pictured giving oath opening day of the 81st legislative session at the State Capitol.

Dallas Can Academy principal Verna Mitchell

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 hosts the Cedar Hill and Desoto basketball

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

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

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

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

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 CHIP

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 with Cedar Hill High School football team

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 with Lancaster Girls Track team

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 with South Oak Cliff Boy's basketball team

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 with Mr. Everson Walls

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 HB109

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.

Rep. Giddings with RetroFit Fund

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.

Rep. Giddings with Texas Fed. of Teachers

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.

Rep. Giddings with Vince Young

Representative Giddings and Vince Young, Tennessee Titans Football Player.

Rep. Giddings with Texas Chief Justice

Representative Giddings and Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Texas Supreme Court.

Rep. Giddings with Montel Williams

Representative Giddings and Montel Williams.

Rep. Giddings with Irwin Thompson 02/2007

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.

Rep. Giddings with Astronaut Joan Higginbotham 02/2007

Pictured are Representative Giddings and Astronaut Joan Higginbotham during Joan Higginbotham Day at the Capitol February 6, 2007.

Rep. Giddings with Ruby Young Elementary School 4th graders 01/2007

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.

Legislators Back to School Week 09/2006

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.

Legislators Back to School Week 09/2006

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.

Biography

Helen Giddings is President of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company, which she founded in 1988. 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 tenth term in the Texas House of Representatives. She chaired the Business & Industry Committee for 3 terms. Today, she continues to serve on the Business & Industry Committee and House Appropriations. The Speaker of the House 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.

Giddings has authored major legislation including; prohibiting alcohol related businesses near schools, prohibiting students who are in the sixth grade or a lower grade level from receiving a Class C Citation for low level behavior that is non-violent, non-sexual, and non-harassing, a bill requiring every child in Texas receive a course in CPR once in their high school career, and joint authored the Top 10% rule, which provides equal opportunities for minorities and rural students in college admissions. As the Chair of Business and Industry, she joint authored legislation creating a new Workers' Compensation system as well as authoring the state's 900 page Business Organizations Code. She also passed a bill extending eligibility to renew an occupational license. Giddings is credited with authoring most of the state's legislation focusing on Identity Theft.

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.

Helen is a vocal and active participant in the reaffirmation and revitalization of South Africa. She serves as South African Honorary Consul for Texas, and has the distinction of being the first Honorary Consul named by the new South African democratic government. During her many trips to South Africa, she has received awards and recognition from former President Nelson Mandela and served on the Texas Host Committee for the visit of former President Thabo Mbeki.

Her civic service has earned special recognition and many awards including: 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.

She has been interviewed on local and national radio and television shows, and featured in the Dallas Morning News High Profile; Who's Who In Black Dallas Inaugural Edition as a Living Legend; American Way Magazine (American Express); Essence and Black Enterprise. Ebony Magazine honored Giddings in 2001 by naming her one of the Top 100 + Most Influential Black Americans.

 

last updated 07/05/2012