House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) has released a statement about Helsel's win:
"I wholeheartedly congratulate Gordon Helsel on his very strong win in yesterday's special election. Delegate-elect Helsel combines distinguished service in business, the military and government with an energetic style and common-sense approach to problem solving. As a dedicated proponent of keeping taxes competitively low and expanding job-creating opportunities, Gordon possesses not only a valuable understanding of these and other central issues but also a desire to advance practical solutions that produce real results for those he serves. These and many more admirable characteristics make him an ideal addition to our once-again 61-member strong House Republican Majority. Like so many, I look forward to serving with Delegate Helsel in his latest leadership position."