Tom Henry

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Tom Henry
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35th Mayor of Fort Wayne
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2008
Preceded by Graham Richard
Personal details
Born (1951-11-08) November 8, 1951 (age 63)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cindy Kocks
Alma mater University of Saint Francis
Religion Roman Catholicism

Thomas Charles "Tom" Henry[1] (born November 8, 1951) is an American politician and the current Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Democrat, Henry previously served five terms on Fort Wayne City Council from 1984 to 2004 representing the 3rd District. Henry is also the President and CEO of the Gallant Group, an insurance agency specializing in healthcare consulting.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tom Henry was the second of 17 children born to Jerome and Marganelle "Marge" Henry.[1]

He attended Fort Wayne Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1970. He served in the United States Army Military Police Corps from 1971 to 1973. He then received a bachelor's degree in psychology and an MBA, both from the University of Saint Francis.[1]

City Council[edit]

Tom Henry represented the Third District for five terms on the Fort Wayne City Council between 1984 and 2004. He was preceded by Republican Roy Schomburg. Henry narrowly won re-election in 1995 by only five votes after the outcome was determined by a recount. He lost a bid for a sixth term in 2003.

2007 and 2012 Mayoral campaigns[edit]

Henry announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for Mayor on February 21, 2007. Henry had considered running for Mayor in 1999, but backed out and supported the Democratic challenger who went on to become mayor, Graham Richard.

Henry won the Democratic mayoral primary on May 8, 2007 with 82.4 percent of the vote against token opposition. He defeated Republican Matt Kelty in the November election, with 60 percent of the vote.[2]

Henry was re-elected on November 8, 2011 with 49.9 percent of votes to Republican challenger Paula Hughes' 46 percent.[3]

Mayoralty[edit]

Tom Henry on December 15, 2008 signed the revised noise ordinance passed by City Council, making light pollution a violation of city ordinance. "Although I have concerns about this ordinance, it is up to council to decide what legislative action is appropriate for our community," Henry said in a written statement.

On December 9, Fort Wayne City Council voted 5–4 to pass a revised noise ordinance to include a section pertaining to improper use of directional lighting. Floodlights, bullet lights and spotlights must be focused away from a neighbor's home, or Fort Wayne Police can cite the offender if a complaint is made. Security lights are permissible.

The amendment was introduced at the Aug. 12 meeting by John Shoaff, D-at large, to end a dispute between two of his constituents, one of whom has allegedly been shining a directional light into the other's home. Henry said council should still work to hone the amendment so it can be enforced when necessary.

" …This ordinance will be difficult to enforce as written and … certain exceptions to its provisions should be considered," Henry said in a statement. "Amongst the concerns raised were athletic events held in the evening, holiday light displays and emergency repair work, to name a few."

Personal life[edit]

Henry married Cindy née Kocks in 1975.[1] Cindy owns The Green Frog, a neighborhood tavern. They have two children and, as of 2009, two grandchildren.[1] Henry and his family are Catholics, and members of the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.[1]

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Preceded by
Graham Richard
Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
2008–present
Succeeded by
current