2014 ALMBS – WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick was elected in 2012 and assumed office January 14, 2013. He is a Webster County native and graduated from Webster Springs High School. He earned a B.A. Degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Hobart Technical Center, Lincoln Welding School, and Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.
He taught welding for five years at Pocahontas County High School before being elected to the Pocahontas County Board of Education. He then served nearly 10 years as President of the Pocahontas County Commission. Advancing to the state level, he won his bid for a seat in the House of Delegates where he served one year before being appointed to fill an unexpired term in the West Virginia Senate.
As a member of the Senate, he held several leadership positions, including eight years as Chair as of the Finance Committee. He was also appointed Chair of the Standing Committee on Banking and Insurance, the Committee on Military and Public Safety, and the DNR Committee. He sat on numerous committees including Education, Industry and Mining, Military, and Agriculture, where he was a representative voice for rural families and farmers.
Commissioner Helmick has also been active in the business community as owner of H & S Welding Supply, Home Health Supply and Snowshoe Ski Resort’s Mountaintop Athletic Club. He operates a natural spring water bottling company on his 200-acre farm in Minnehaha Springs, Pocahontas County, with his wife, Rita, a lawyer and former teacher.