|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 69th district
|Preceded by||Walt Tomenga|
|Succeeded by||Jake Highfill|
|Born||May 16, 1980|
|Alma mater||Drake University|
Erik Helland (born May 16, 1980) is a lawyer and a former Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives. He represented the 69th district, which includes Grimes, Johnston, Polk City, Saylorville, Alleman, Elkhart, and parts of Sheldahl, from 2009 to 2013. He was the state director for Tim Pawlenty's 2012 presidential campaign in Iowa.
Early life and career
Erik Helland grew up on his family's farm. He graduated from Ballard High School and then went on to earn his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and his Juris Doctor from Drake University. He works for a bank as a compliance officer. He is a former president of the Grimes Lions club and a former board member of the Des Moines Young Variety. He attends St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Erik Helland was an Iowa field staffer for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. In 2008, he decided to run to represent the 69th district in the Iowa House of Representatives. He faced Richard Sosalla in the general election and won with 61% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010 without opposition. He was the Midwest political director for former New York Governor George Pataki’s 21st Century Political Action Committee. He was the Iowa state director for Tim Pawlenty's 2012 presidential campaign. He was also the majority whip in the Iowa House of Representatives. In 2012, he lost reelection in the Republican primary to Jake Highfill.
- Administration and Rules
- Legislative Council
- Local Government
- State Government
- Ways and Means
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