About Pamela Helming

Ranking Member ​Housing, Construction and Community Development; Insurance / Repub. Conference Chair

Republican, Conservative, Independence Party Republican, Conservative, Independence Party

District 54

Pam Helming is the New York State Senator for the 54th District, representing Ontario, Wayne, and Livingston counties and the Monroe County towns of Chili, Mendon, Riga, Rush, and Wheatland.

Prior to elected office, Pam worked over three decades in the private sector, including commercial property management, regulatory affairs, and land use planning. She also worked with individuals with developmental disabilities and managed several group homes, which is where she developed her passion for advocating for those who deserve to be heard. Pam then decided to dedicate her life to serving others.

Pam began her public service as a Canandaigua Town Board member and was then elected as Canandaigua Town Supervisor. As Supervisor, she was successful in making local government more efficient, transparent, and accountable to taxpayers. She cut the property tax rate, curtailed unnecessary expenses, oversaw critical infrastructure improvements, preserved vital farmland, and worked to attract new business investment and jobs.

Pam was elected to the New York State Senate in 2016 and began her first term in office on January 1, 2017. She is the first woman elected to the 54th Senate District.

Throughout her career, Senator Helming has been a vocal advocate for law enforcement and first responders, veterans, seniors, farmers, small business owners, children and families, and taxpayers. In a district surrounded by the beautiful Finger Lakes, she has been a longtime champion for the protection of local lakes and watersheds, clean drinking water, and the area’s abundant natural resources.

One of Senator Helming’s most significant legislative accomplishments was passage of the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act to prohibit incinerators and protect the region’s vast water and land resources and essential tourism economy. 

Senator Helming has advanced measures providing tax relief to middle class families, increasing tax credits for small businesses, growing opportunities for local farmers, expanding mental health and other resources for veterans, boosting volunteer firefighter recruitment and support for rural EMS, and protecting seniors. She has also led the fight against policies that make New York less affordable and less safe.

As the daughter of a steelworker and elementary school employee, Senator Helming is a strong advocate for manufacturing and American-made products, the skilled trades, and a quality education for all children.

Pam is especially proud to support U.S. service members and their families. Her father was a Korean War veteran and her son-in-law a West Point graduate and Green Beret. In 2021, Senator Helming helped achieve Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery’s designation as New York’s first state veterans cemetery.

As the first woman elected to represent the 54th Senate District, Pam is dedicated to mentoring young women, and encouraging and recruiting women to run for office and get involved in local and state government.

Senator Helming serves on the Cornell AgriTech Advisory Council, is a New York State representative on the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, a member of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus Task Force on Nutrient Management, and a member and active volunteer with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.

Senator Helming says it is the greatest honor of her life to serve as a New York State Senator and advocate for her constituents.

Pam and her husband, Gary have been residents of Canandaigua for more than 30 years. They raised two children, Catherine and Evan, and are now the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.


Senator Helming has been recognized by numerous organizations for her leadership and advocacy, including:

Farm Family Advocate of the Year, NY FarmNet

Circle of Friends Award, New York State Farm Bureau

Advocate’s Spirit Award, Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Youth Power Distinguished Citizen Award, Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America

Camp Superhero, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County for support of 4-H Camp Bristol Hills

Friend of Extension Award, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Pioneer Award for Outstanding Support of Libraries, Pioneer Library System

Outstanding Citizen Award, Wayne County Action Program

Appreciation Award, New York Association of Conservation Districts

Special Recognition Award, Marine Corps League Memorial Day Detachment 468 for support of Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

A rating, SCOPE and New York State Rifle and Pistol Association