Texas House Member

Rep. Giddings, Helen

District 109

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Capitol Address:

Room GW.11

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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Biography

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.

last updated 01/21/2015