Cameron Henry

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John Cameron Henry, Jr.​


Louisiana State Senator for
District 9 (Jefferson and
Orleans parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020
Preceded by Conrad Appel

Louisiana State Representative for
District 82 (Jefferson and
Orleans parishes)​
In office
January 14, 2008​ – January 20, 2020 ​
Preceded by Steve Scalise
Succeeded by Charles A. Henry​ (brother)

Born November 1, 1974​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jamie Domilise Henry​
Children Four children
Residence Metairie, Jefferson Parish
Alma mater Jesuit High School (New Orleans)

Louisiana State University
Tulane University Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

John Cameron Henry, Jr. (born November 1, 1974), is an American state legislator and businessman from Metairie in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. An incoming state senator, Henry, a Republican, will succeed the term-limited Conrad Appel on January 13, 2020. In his Senate race on October 12, 2019, Henry defeated another Republican, Jon "Frankie" Hyers, 23,647 (78 percent) to 6,524 (22 percent).[1]

Background

Henry graduated from the Roman Catholic Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He then completed the requirements for a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. He also studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is affiliated with the New Orleans branch of BearingPoint, Inc., a multinational management and technology consulting firm founded in the Netherlands. Henry formerly taught as an adjunct professor in the business and technology department of Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He and his wife, the former Jamie Anne Domilise, reside in Metairie with their four children.[2]


Political life

From 2008 to 2020, Henry was the state representative for District 82 in Jefferson and Orleans parishes.[3] In January 2016, Henry was an unsuccessful candidate for state House Speaker though he led on the first ballot against the Democrat Walt Leger, III, of New Orleans. Henry withdrew in favor of the consensus choice, fellow Republican Taylor Barras of New Iberia. Until 2016, the Louisiana House had routinely ratified a governor's choice for Speaker, but Barras, who had not been previously mentioned as a candidate, won the majority on the second ballot.[4] Henry was previously allied with former United States Senator David Vitter, who left politics when Democrat John Bel Edwards defeated Vitter for governor in 2015 in a hard-fought race to succeed Jindal.​

Henry is a former member of the Jefferson Parish School Board. He was an aide to Steve Scalise, his predecessor in House District 82, now the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district and the House Majority Whip when the Republicans had the majority in the U.S. House.

Henry won the District 87 (Old Metairie, Old Jefferson and Airline Park) House seat over his fellow Republican Christopher Tidmore in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 20, 2007. He polled 5,878 votes (57 percent) to Tidmore's 4,517 (43 percent).[5]

Henry served on three House committees: Chairman of Appropriations Committee, Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Legislative Budgetary Control Council, and the Louisiana Bond Commission. In 2012, he was removed as chairman of the House Appropriations Committede after he objected to then Governor Bobby Jindal's reliance one-time funds to balance the Louisiana budget. Later returned as Appropriations Committee chairman, Henry worked during the first-term administration of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards for passage of a budget that avoids mid-year cuts.[6]

In April 2010, Henry voted with a large majority in the Louisiana House to forbid insurance companies operating in the state from offering coverage of elective abortions. The only procedures permitted under the legislation are miscarriages or abortions to save the life of the woman.[7]

In December 2016, Henry was selected by The New Orleans Times-Picayune as the third most influential elected official in Louisiana.[6]

References

  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.
  2. Representative John Cameron Henry. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 29, 2019.
  3. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 29, 2019.
  4. The Moon Griffon Show, December 17 and January 11, 2015.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 20, 2007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 About Cameron. jcameronhenry.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2019.
  7. Speaker of the House: Comparing the Candidates. prolifelouisiana.org. Retrieved on November 29, 2019.