07.09.08

Senate Approves Resolution Honoring Jesse Helms

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr helped introduce a resolution honoring former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who passed away on July 4, 2008. All 100 Senators co-sponsored the resolution, which passed yesterday evening, and American flags adorning the Capitol remain at half-mast in honor of Senator Helms' service to the nation.

"It is a privilege to offer this resolution honoring Senator Helms," said Dole. "His 30 year tenure serving North Carolina in the Senate was marked by extraordinary dedication to the people he served, devotion to principle and unyielding patriotism."

"I am proud to offer this resolution to honor someone who has contributed so much to North Carolina and to the nation," Burr said. "Jesse Helms was one of the most influential members to ever serve in this body, and the impact of his work here will be felt for generations to come."

The text of the resolution is below:

SENATE RESOLUTION 608--RELATIVE TO THE DEATH OF JESSE ALEXANDER HELMS, JR., FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR FOR THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA -- (Senate - July 07, 2008)
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Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., born in Monroe, North Carolina on October 18, 1921, spent a 52-year public career dedicating himself to his country, his family, and his home State, representing North Carolina in the United States Senate for 30 years;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1945;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., was educated in the public schools of Monroe, North Carolina and at Wingate Junior College and Wake Forest College, served as city editor of the Raleigh Times, administrative assistant to United States Senators Willis Smith and Alton Lennon, executive director of the North Carolina Bankers Association, member of the Raleigh City Council, and a television and radio executive;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., was elected to the United States Senate in 1972, and served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, ultimately serving five terms, equal to the longest of any Senator from North Carolina;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., was a leader against Communism and became the first legislator of any nation to address the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., was married for 65 years to Dorothy ``Dot'' Coble Helms, whom he termed his ``best friend'' and is the father of three children;

Whereas Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., made invaluable contributions to his community, State, Nation, and the World;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the death of the Honorable Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., former Member of the United States Senate.

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate communicate these resolutions to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy thereof to the family of the deceased.

Resolved, That when the Senate adjourns today, it stand in adjournment as a further mark of respect to the memory of the Honorable Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr.