Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen’s Statement on the Passing of Former Tennessee State Senator Douglas Henry, Jr.

March 7, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today released the following statement on the passing of former Tennessee State Senator Douglas Henry, Jr., the longest serving member of the Tennessee legislature:

“I served with Senator Douglas Henry for 24 years in the Tennessee State Senate. Senator Henry was a scholar, a gentleman, a public man and a state man. No one loved Tennessee more. Since I learned of Senator Henry's passing, I have been reflecting on our debates on social issues from the lottery to women's choice to horse racing and to DC statehood. On all of these issues, we had drastically different views, yet we shared a mutual respect that led us to support the other's election efforts. He could disagree without ever being disagreeable. Senator Henry was fortunate to share his life with his loving and devoted wife, Miss Lolly, whom he loved very much, and children and grandchildren to whom he was devoted.”