Personal Profile

Full Name Helen Giddings
Age 73
Race Black
Occupation Small Business Owner
Education B.A., University of Texas at Arlington.

Representative Helen Giddings is presently serving her 13th term in the Texas House of Representatives. She serves on the committees on State Affairs as Vice-Chair, Appropriations, and Calendars. Rep. Giddings also serves as the Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

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. She has previously chaired the Business & Industry Committee for three terms as well as the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation.

Rep. Giddings is also 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 with Sears, Roebuck & Company, where she was responsible for human resources for 11 states.

With a profound interest in the arts, Rep. Giddings 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, the Helen Giddings Solarium.

Strongly committed to public service, she 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.

Rep. 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. Rep. Giddings 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. She also is the previous Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation.

Her civic service has earned special recognition and many awards including: the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Award (NFBPA); 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; Prairie View A&M University "Humanitarian of the Year Award;" the African American Museum Heritage Award; Ebony Magazine's 100 Plus Most Influential Black American; and Outstanding Legislator Award; and the City of Lancaster has named its Amphitheater the "Helen Giddings Amphitheater." She also received the Texas Southern President's Medal and a scholarship in her name, called the "Helen Giddings College Completion Program."

Information in this bio was provided by Giddings' office.
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2017