Helen Herr, a graduate of Plaza High School, received her elementary teaching certificate from Valley City State Teachers College in 1925. After establishing and managing a real estate agency in California, Mrs. Herr opened Helen Herr Realty in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1949. Helen served as Chairperson of the East Las Vegas Town Board for ten years and was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1956, being only the second woman to serve in the assembly in Nevada's history. After two terms in the Assembly, Mrs. Herr then became the first woman ever elected to the State Senate. While in the Senate, she served as chair of the state Transportation and Institutions Committees. She was also selected as a delegate to the Annual National Transportation System Board meetings. During her time in politics and since, Mrs. Herr was instrumental in establishing and funding the Caliente School for Girls, the Spring Mountain Youth Camp and Regina Hall, a home for troubled girls. Currently, Mrs. Herr is involved in many local charitable and civic organizations, continues to serve as chief fund raiser for Regina Hall, and remains active in the real estate business. An indication of her involvement in civic activities is the fact that she received the Catholic Welfare Woman of the Year Award in 1983 and was named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Women in Nevada.