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|Senator Henry E. Erwin, Jr.|
|Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 14th district
April 2, 1949 |
|Spouse(s)||Shelia Joyce Erwin|
|Profession||talk show host|
|Religion||Evangelical Protestant and also was the sports chaplain at Woodlawn High School which helped them succeed during the 1970's and made Tony Nathan's an all star football prospect.|
Henry Eugene "Hank" Erwin, Jr. (April 2, 1949) is a Christian evangelical. Erwin was a broadcaster and a former Republican State Senator in Alabama, USA, representing the 14th District, from 2002 until 2010. He represented portions of Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb and Chilton counties.
Erwin was the son of Henry Eugene "Red" Erwin, Sr., a U.S. Army Air Forces sergeant who earned the Medal of Honor in World War II. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Ensley High School in 1967, before going on to earn degrees at Troy State University (1972), Southeastern Bible College (1974), and the Dallas Seminary (1981).
Erwin broke into broadcasting in the 1970s and served radio and TV stations in Dallas, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama, for almost 35 years. He was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church.
Erwin and his wife, Shelia, have two sons, Andrew and Jon Erwin. Before their sons could drive a car, they explained their career path, they wanted to make Movies. Ewin and wife, Shelia, bought video cameras and Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures began. Erwin says his two sons, four years apart in age, were only in junior high school. As teenagers, Jon and Andy Erwin honed their skills by shooting short films for a youth camp in New York and operating video cameras for ESPN.
In 2015, The Movie "Woodlawn" was made. "Hank" Erwin, their father is a composite of several characters, but the movie begins with Erwin speaking in the High School Woodlawn on a day of high racial tension. Birmingham was called "Boomingham" due to the 50 dynamite explosions that occurred in the city between 1947 and 1965. "Hank", an outsider, asks to speak to the Woodlawn football team and real change begins. Hank, who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Billy Graham Christian revival meeting in Dallas, Texas, tells the players a "better way" is possible through following Jesus. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to Jesus Christ and the spiritual change has a profound effect on the coach, the school and the community. "Woodlawn" is the true story of how unity and revival saved a city torn apart by race.
2010 Lt. governor campaign
In April 2009, Erwin announced his plans to seek the position of Lt. governor against current incumbent, Jim Folsom. He received the endorsement of the Alabama GOP Senate Caucus, eight city mayors, the Trussville Tea Party and the Cullman Tea Party, and Governor Bob Riley.
Kay Ivey announced a switch from the governor's race to the Lt. governor's race on March 31, 2010, replacing Erwin as the leading GOP candidate. Ivey defeated both Erwin and Daphne schoolteacher Gene Ponder by a significant margin in the June 1, 2010, primary.
- Senator Henry E. "Hank" Erwin, Jr. official profile at legislature.state.al.us
- Transcript of appearance on Scarborough County in 2005 expressing views on Katrina
- Transcript of appearance on Hannity & Colmes expressing views on Katrina
- Senator Hank Erwin personal website
- S.A.V. America Ministries website
- Senator Henry E. 'Hank' Erwin Jr. (AL) profile at Project Vote Smart
- Hank Erwin political campaign contributions at "Follow the Money" (1998, 2002, 2006)