Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick Speaks to ALMBS Citizens
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick took 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 also 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 in 1976. He then served nearly 10 years as President of the Pocahontas County Commission. He won a seat in the House of Delegates in 1988 and was appointed to the State Senate in the Fall of 1989.
As a member of the Senate, he held several leadership positions, including eight years as Chair as of the Finance Committee. He served 24 years on the Senate Agriculture Committee, his longest tenure on any single committee.