Senator Douglas Henry may have been the last of the good Democrats. He had a profound love for this country and state, he revered the constitution, he was pro-life, and fiscally responsible. Senator Henry was a true southern gentlemen, always civil and polite and responsive.
I did not know Senator Henry well, but interacted with him from time to time and was at many of the same functions with him over the years. I respected, admired and liked Senator Henry. He will be missed. Below are news stories and tributes.
4 WSMV: Lawmakers release statements on passing of former Tennessee senator.
Gov. Bill Haslam Statement on Passing of Douglas Henry:
One of the most fun calls I have been able to make as governor was a call in 2015 to Sen. Henry when we knew we would be able to put funding for the new state museum in the budget. Sen. Henry was a tireless champion of the museum, its mission and the importance of preserving Tennessee history for future generations. His dedication to the museum may only be surpassed by his commitment to the state’s financial strength. I was fortunate to be able to visit with Sen. Henry Friday, and I can attest that the state’s finances were still top of mind to him. He served the state for nearly 50 years, and it is not an exaggeration to say that he is one of the primary reasons the state is on such solid financial footing today. He was a powerhouse intellect, courteous, kind, genuine and a statesman, and I will miss knowing that his wisdom and perspective are only a phone call away.
Former State Sen. Douglas Henry, A Giant In Tennessee Politics, Dies At 90
“There was no one in the Tennessee General Assembly who demonstrated integrity, courtesy and financial stability more than Douglas Henry. To him, party politics were of no importance. The citizens he served were what mattered. His example will be important for years to come.”
Bob Corker Statement on the Passing of Douglas Henry:
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of Doug Henry, the longest-serving member of the Tennessee legislature. Henry retired in 2014.
“I first had the opportunity to work with Doug Henry in the mid-1990s during my time as commissioner of finance, and I last spoke with him on Friday to tell him how much I thought of him,” said Corker. “He was a true gentleman and a true Tennessee statesman. No one focused more over a longer period on the fiscal issues facing our state than Senator Henry, and with a steady hand and wise guidance, he set a tremendous example of bipartisanship and integrity in public service. I will truly miss Doug’s friendship and will keep the entire Henry family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
As commissioner of finance in the mid-1990s, Corker worked closely with Henry in his role as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee to address challenging budgetary issues.