Representative Helen Giddings is the founder of Multiplex, Inc., a concessionaries and equipment-supply company in the Dallas area.
A Dallas native, she was first elected to represent HD-109 in 1992 and currently sits on the House Business and Industry and Appropriations committees
Giddings cites as her legislative accomplishments her work to help overhaul Texas’ workers’ compensation system and her efforts to implement legislation to better monitor identity theft and digital piracy. Giddings also cites her focus on sustaining the state’s Top Ten Percent rule, which she said would help ensure Texas’ public universities accurately reflect the state’s demographics in their student populations.
Giddings was the first female member on the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, and was the first Texan and woman of color elected president of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. She has been appointed to the South African Honorary Consul in Texas for her focus on trade issues between the United States and South Africa, has met with former South African President Nelson Mandela and was a member of the Host Committee for President Thabo Mbeki's visit to Texas in 2000.
The Texas affiliate of the American Heart Association awarded Giddings a "Heart of Honor" award for her efforts to persuade more high school students to learn CPR. She was placed on Ebony’s Top 100+ Most Influential African Americans list and is a frequent guest speaker at events, schools and conferences in North Texas, including the Concerned De Soto Council, the National Federation of Women Legislators, the Insurance Council of Texas and Texas Women's University.