Virgil Helm was born in Gatesville Texas in 1943. He was raised on a farm located near Coryell City, a small rural town located on the eastern side of Coryell County. He attended public schools in Gatesville and graduated in 1961.
After high school, Helm attended Tarleton State College for two years. He transferred to Texas Tech University in 1963, and received the Bachelor and Master degree in Rangeland Resources Management from that university.
After graduation from College he began working with the USDA/Soil Conservation Service in 1964. The agency name was changed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1993. He worked in several work locations in the state of Texas and retired from that agency in 2002.
In 2002 Helm was elected to the DeSoto City Council, representing Place Two. He served two terms and was not eligible to serve another consecutive term due to term limits. Helm decided to run for another term on the Council in 2014. He ran un-opposed and began serving the third term on the council in May 2014.
Helm is married and has three grown sons. He also has two granddaughters. He attends Duncanville Church of Christ. Helm continues to be active in the community and the County. He works part-time for the Dalworth Soil and Water Conservation District and operates a livestock farm close to DeSoto.