Virginia House of Delegates District 40
Delegate Dan Helmer is an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran, small business leader, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two sons, Harris and Aaron, attend Fairfax County Public Schools.
Dan has always sought to serve a country that welcomed his father as an immigrant and his grandparents, Holocaust survivors, as refugees. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and subsequently did tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and numerous domestic postings. He remains a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Today, Dan helps lead a fast-growing small business with two other post-9/11 veterans. Their business helps non-profits, the government, and private sector companies solve difficult problems. In his first term as Delegate he has championed legislation to prevent gun violence, combat climate change, protect women’s reproductive rights, increase teacher’s pay and to expand access to healthcare. Dan led on the bill to expand food assistance programs in Virginia that supported over 100,000 Virginians facing food insecurity, what the Virginia Mercury called “the most significant expansion of public benefits in Virginia since the state expanded Medicaid.” Dan also authored and passed legislation to expand voting rights for students, people with disabilities, and active duty service members and has been a leader on criminal justice and police reform.