Sue Helm took office in 2007 with an aggressive agenda to fight for fiscal discipline, economic growth, government reform and to put the safety of our families first. She also is working to be a strong voice for the concerns of all local residents.
During the 2015-16 legislative session, Sue has been appointed to serve on the Appropriations, Gaming Oversight, Urban Affairs and Tourism and Recreational Development committees.
After winning her first election for state representative, Sue became the first woman to serve in the Legislature in Dauphin County history. She is now in her fifth term, representing the people of the 104th Legislative District.
After a successful private sector career as a manager at Capital Blue Cross, Sue decided to go out on her own. Leveraging her professional experience and passion for working with people, Sue started her own real estate business – Century 21 At The Helm. She credits much of her success to the strong educational foundation she secured from our local public schools. As a small business owner who managed budgets, controlled costs and met payrolls, Sue uses her unique mix of real-world experience and commonsense to help bring needed change to state government.
Sue points to the passage of the last three state budgets as a positive indication of how things are changing for the better for taxpayers. As a member of the House majority, she is proud to have been part of the effort to pass three on-time, balanced budgets that held the line on spending and did not increase income taxes or debt. The budgets she supported also recognized the economic realities our state faces, addressed the loss of billions of federal dollars and funded priorities like education.
Sue has always put the safety of our families first. That is why she supported comprehensive legislation to provide additional funding to fix the Commonwealth’s roads and bridges. The $2.3 billion in additional funding annually will be allocated to repair and maintain our state’s 41,158-mile highway system and 6,536 structurally deficient bridges, including dozens of projects in Dauphin County.
Sue also successfully fought to maintain access to quality health care in upper Dauphin County by keeping the Evelyn Frederick Health Center open in Millersburg. Not only were her efforts successful, but Pinnacle Health has increased services and finished a complete remodeling of the center, which benefits all local residents.
As a small business owner, Sue has worked hard to help improve the state’s business climate to encourage job growth. She has also supported proactive initiatives to make Pennsylvania more competitive.
She supported laws to close the “Delaware Loophole,” eliminate the inheritance tax for farm families and small businesses, and create thousands of jobs in the natural gas industry. She supported legislation that promotes workforce development; curbs lawsuit abuse; reforms the unemployment compensation program; and eliminates waste, fraud and abuse from the welfare system. Sue also voted to enact Angel Investor Tax Credits to encourage out-of-state and in-state funding to help spark economic growth and job creation.
Locally, Sue sponsored the legislation to retain and bring new jobs to Susquehanna Township. Her legislation helped ensure that the new Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) headquarters was built in the township, which resulted in the retention and creation of hundreds of local jobs.
Committed to reforming Harrisburg, Sue has led by example. She refused a taxpayer-funded car and the automatic legislative salary cost of living adjustment (COLA). Sue also posts her office expenses on her website for all to see. She supported the creation of the state’s PennWATCH website so the public can see how their tax dollars are being spent and voted for other strong reforms to make our Commonwealth more open and transparent.
Sue is committed to providing local residents with a strong voice in Harrisburg. She works side-by-side with local officials and community leaders to protect the quality of life in our communities. Sue works fulltime to provide the level of service her constituents deserve and regularly attends community events across the district.
Sue currently serves as a member of the Republican State Committee and has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 2000, she was selected as one of two Pennsylvania delegates to serve on the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee. She served as president of the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women in 2005 and is a past first vice chair of the Dauphin County Republican Committee.
A lifelong resident of Dauphin County, Sue graduated from Susquehanna Township Senior High School and earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Harrisburg Area Community College.
She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Penbrook. Sue served on the Friends of Fort Hunter and later on the Fort Hunter Board of Trustees. She also has served on the board of the Pride of the Susquehanna.
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