|William Ed Henry|
Alabama State Representatives for District 9 (Franklin, Lawrence,
Morgan, and Winston counties)
|Assumed office |
November 3, 2010
|Preceded by||Ronald Grantland|
|Born|| July 30, 1970|
|Spouse(s)||Wendi Brown Henry|
|Children||Katie and Mollie Henry|
|Religion||Church of God|
William "Ed" Henry (born July 30, 1970) is a medical technologist from his native Hartselle, Alabama who is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives for District 9, which encompasses Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan and Winston counties in the northern portion of his state.
From 1993 to 1997, Henry served in the United States Air Force in which he obtained his initial training in radiology. He is a recipient of both the Air Force Achievement and Commendation medals. He has been employed by General Electric Medical Division in medical sales, for Decatur General Hospital in Decatur, Alabama, as a technologist, and The Heart Center as a cardiac imaging specialist. In 2006, Henry received a Bachelor of Science degree in radiological sciences from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Henry said that his experience in the health care professions has been that "virtually everything that is wrong with medical care is the result of federal meddling, while virtually everything good that happens in medical care happens at the local, community level.
Henry is a member of the Fairview Church of God in Hartselle in Morgan County. He and his wife, the former Wendi I. Brown, have two daughters, Katie and Mollie Henry.
In 2010, the incumbent Democrat Representative Ronald Grantland did not seek reelection. In the June 1 Republican primary, Henry defeated intra-party rival Dwight Tankersley, 5,221 votes (62.8 percent) to 3,091 (37.2 percent). He then defeated the Democrat Kathy White Goodwin in the November 2 general election. In 2014, Henry won his second legislative term by defeating Melvin Hasting in the Republican primary. He then had no Democratic opponent.
On March 30, 2016, Representative Henry filed articles of impeachment against the since former Governor Robert Bentley after audio recordings of the governor revealed comments of a sexual nature made to one of Bentley's aides. In the articles of impeachment, Henry accused the governor of willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency and offenses of moral turpitude. When he introduced the articles of impeachment, he had the signatures of eleven lawmakers.
Henry is the vice chairman of the House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee and a member of the (1) Education Policy and (2) State Government committees.
Henry has been a leader in the passage of anti-abortion legislation in the Alabama legislature, but in 1991, he admitted to having encouraged his then girlfriend to abort their unborn child. "I murdered my child, my first child ...," Henry told an anti-abortion rally in the capital city of Montgomery. "And I will carry that with me to my grave," he added with regret. Henry since sponsored and obtained passage of Alabama's 48-hour waiting period for abortions, and he voted to prohibit abortions after twenty weeks of gestation of the unborn child, to prohibit insurance coverage for abortions, and to require medical care at abortion clinics.
In 2014, Henry supported the prohibition of abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted for a state tax credit for those adopting children, a measure which passed, 72-23. He voted to display of the Ten Commandments on state property, a measure which passed, 77-19. He voted to require drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare program. In 2015, he supported legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He voted to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measured approved by the full House, 52-43. He voted against increasing the cigarette tax, which still passed the House, 52-46. He voted against the requirement that animal shelters compile monthly reports, a measure which failed in the House, 28-67. He voted to authorize officials to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies in cases of moral conflict.
In 2016, Representative Henry co-sponsored legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He opposed additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which nevertheless passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he voted to authorize midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to permit continued judicial override regarding sentencing guidelines, but a bill to forbid such override passed the House, 78-19. Wood voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments through the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, which passed the House, 72-29.
Henry announced in 2017 that he would contest the special U.S. Senate election to choose a successor to Jeff Sessions, who became Attorney General of the United States under U.S. President Donald Trump. However, he never filed for the position and instead endorsed a fellow conservative Republican, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore. Moore, who dispatched interim Senator and former state attorney general Luther Strange in the Republican runoff election,was then defeated by a liberal Democrat, former United States Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special election. When allegations of past sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore in the campaign, Henry argued that Moore's alleged victims "if they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for forty years. Someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim forty years later, in my opinion ... ludicrous ...".
- Ed Henry's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 28, 2017.
- Ed Henry. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 28, 2017.
- Phillip Rawls (April 12, 2012). http://blog.al.com/wire/2012/04/lawmaker_recounts_abortion_dur.html. AL.com. Retrieved on October 29, 2017.
- Ed Henry's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 28, 2017.
- Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
- Alabama state representative says Moore's accusers are "guilty of allowing him to exist". Yahoo.com.