Susan Helm

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Susan Helm
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Pennsylvania State House District 104
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sHarrisburg Area Community College
Personal
Birthday12/12/1943
Place of birthHarrisburg, PA
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Susan C. Helm (b. December 12, 1943) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 104. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Helm served as a Delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000. She also served as a member of the Republican State Committee from 1994 to 2004. In 2004, she was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives but was not elected. Helm then served as President of the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, she was First Vice Chair of the Dauphin County Republican Party.

Biography

Helm earned her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Harrisburg Area Community College in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as Manager of Capital Blue Cross from 1961 to 1986 and for Century 21 at the Helm Agency as a broker/owner from 1986 to 2006.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Helm served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce
Gaming Oversight
Professional Licensure
Urban Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Helm served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Helm served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Helm's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Fiscal Responsibility

  • "Opposed and successfully defeated Gov. Rendell’s demand to increase spending by $1 billion."
  • "Opposed the legislative pay raise."
  • "Helped to draft legislation to reduce the state income tax, saving taxpayers $300 million."

State Government Reform

  • "Supported landmark welfare reforms to reduce waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars."
  • "Voted to put an end to late-night voting in the state House, which was used in the past to prevent public scrutiny and input on legislation under consideration."
  • "Fought to make state government more transparent by making information accessible via the Internet."

Jobs and the Economy

  • "It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs!!!"
  • "Supports policies that would make Pennsylvania more business friendly, thereby increasing the number of family sustaining jobs for citizens."
  • "Believes small businesses and working families are the backbone to the economy."

Property Taxes

  • "Supports legislation that would direct all revenues from the taxing of slot machines and table games to the reduction of school property taxes."
  • "Believes that Pennsylvania homeowners should not lose the very thing they have worked all their life for – their home – because of the school property tax burden."
  • "State spending for school districts across Pennsylvania has increased exponentially over the past six years and yet, school property taxes continue to increase. School budgets must be controlled and the citizens of Pennsylvania cannot be viewed as an endless supply of money."

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Susan Helm was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Eugene Stilp was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Helm and Stilp will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Helm ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 104. Helm defeated Jenna Lewis in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated Christopher Dietz in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Helm Incumbent 54.5% 16,047
     Democratic Christopher Dietz 45.5% 13,393
Total Votes 29,440
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Helm Incumbent 60.7% 4,716
Jenna Lewis 39.3% 3,049
Total Votes 7,765

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Helm ran for re-election to District 104 in 2010. She had no primary opposition and defeated Democrat Gene Stilp in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Pennsylvania State House, District 104
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Helm (R) 11,593 50.7%
Gene Stilp (D) 11,280 49.3%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Helm won re-election to District 104 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She received 18,187 votes, defeating Democrat Patricia Garcia (12,297).[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104
Candidates Votes Percent
Susan C. Helm (R) Green check mark transparent.png 18,187 59.7%
Patricia Garcia (D) 12,297 40.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Susan Helm is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Susan Helm raised a total of $500,353 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[8]

Susan Helm's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104 Won $211,593
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104 Won $94,290
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104 Won $103,168
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 104 Won $91,302
Grand Total Raised $500,353

2012

Susan Helm won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Susan Helm raised a total of $211,593.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Susan Helm's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Republican Party$98,209
House Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania$29,386
Helm, Sue$7,170
Dauphin County Republican Cmte$6,100
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$211,593
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Susan Helm won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Susan Helm raised a total of $94,290.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

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