Personal Profile

Full Name Helen Giddings
Age 72
Race Black
Occupation Small Business Owner
Education B.A., University of Texas at Arlington.

Helen Giddings is the representative of Texas’ House District 109, first elected in 1992

Giddings is serving as the vice chair of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Calendars Committee and Appropriations Committee, as week as vice chair on the Subcommittee on Article III. She previously served 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.

She is the founder of Multiplex, Inc., a concessionaries and equipment-supply company in the Dallas area.

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.

Information in this bio was provided by Gissings' office.
Last updated: March 19, 2015.