Helms, Lila was born on May 12, 1962 in Darlington, South Carolina, United States.
Bachelor, University South Carolina, 1984.
Legislation assistant and other positions to Senator Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina, 1987—1992. Professional staff member, oceans and fisheries subcommittee United States Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, 1993—1997, senior professional staff member, science, technical and space subcommittee, 1997—1998. Democratic clerk, commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee United States Senate Appropriations Committee, 1998—2005.
Deputy staff director, policy director United States Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, since 2005.