Dan Helmer is a U.S. Army veteran, business strategist, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two young sons, Harris and Aaron, attend class just down the hall from their mom.
Dan is the son and grandson of immigrants. His grandparents came to this country as Holocaust survivors and refugees. In America, they were welcomed and found prosperity, freedom, and peace. Dan believes that this, the American Dream, belongs to all of us – no matter our color, our religion, where we were born, or whom we love.
In order to defend the country that had done so much for his family, Dan joined the Army and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He then served in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, in numerous domestic postings, and finally here in Virginia. Dan remains in the US Army Reserves.
In the private sector, Dan was a business strategist who advised American businesses and US government agencies on how to solve their most complex problems.
Dan and his wife, Karen, were shocked by the 2016 elections and alarmed at the actions of this Administration and Congress. Americans are so fed-up with their politicians and political system that they were willing to take a chance on the current President.
To change things and restore trust, we are going to need to do things differently. We need a new generation of leaders who come from outside politics to change the way that business gets done in Washington. Dan is a demonstrated leader who is going to bring new perspectives and a different approach to help reset our politics.
As the Representative for Virginia's 10th District, Dan will advocate for an America built on openness, inclusive prosperity, and strength. He will fight tirelessly for our security at home and abroad. And he will stand up for progressive values to ensure all Americans have access to the American Dream. He will help bring us back to a government that works.