Henry "Tank" Powell

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Henry Watson "Tank" Powell
Louisiana House of Representatives from District 73 (Tangipahoa Parish)
In office
Preceded by Dennis Paul Hebert[1]
Succeeded by Steve Pugh [2]
Personal details
Born (1945-07-18) July 18, 1945 (age 71)
Washington Parish, Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathy N. Powell
Residence Ponchatoula
Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater

Bogalusa High School

Southeastern Louisiana University
Occupation Insurance agent
Religion Baptist

Henry Watson Powell, known as Henry "Tank" Powell (born July 18, 1945), is an insurance agent in Ponchatoula in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, who served as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 73 from 1996 until term-limited in 2008.[3] He and Leonard R. "Pop" Hataway, former sheriff of Grant Parish, were subsequently appointed in 2008 by Governor Bobby Jindal to the five-member Louisiana Board of Pardons.[4] In 2012, Powell and Hataway were reappointed to the pardon board, a part-time position that pays $36,000 annually.[5]


A native of Bogalusa in Washington Parish, Powell graduated in 1963 from Bogalusa High School, where he excelled as an All-American football player, and presumably acquired his unusual nickname. Powell graduated in 1968 from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, also in Tangipahoa Parish. In 1982, he was named to the board of directors of First Savings and Loan Association of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond.[6]

Powell has long been affiliated with Prudential Insurance, having been "Agent of the Year" and also "Man of the Year" designation from Tangipahoa Life Underwriters. Powell is a member of both the Hammond and Ponchatoula chambers of commerce as well as the Economic Development Foundation of Tangipahoa Parish. He is a member of the SLU Alumni Association. His wife is Kathy N. Powell (born ca. 1944).[7] Powell is a former member of the Southwood Academy School Board in Hammond. He is also active in the Masonic lodge in Ponchatoula. He is a Baptist deacon.[6]

Powell initially ran for the state House in the nonpartisan blanket primary in 1995, when he faced two Democrats, incumbent Dennis Paul Hebert of Ponchatoula[8] and W.E. Blackwell. Powell nearly won the position outright, having polled 6,605 (49.27 percent) to Hebert’s 5,814 (43.37 percent), and Blackwell’s remaining 988 votes (7.37 percent).[9] In the ensuing general election Powell narrowly topped Hebert, 7,803 (50.8 percent) to 7,563 (49.2 percent). [10]

In 1999, Hebert's son, Dennis "Bubba" Hebert, Jr., challenged Powell in the primary but lost, 4,258 votes (32 percent) to 9,037 (68 percent).[11] In the 2003 primary, Powell handily dispatched fellow Republican Charles J. "Chuck" Fulda, IV, 9,769 votes (75 percent) to 3,256 (25 percent).[12] In the 2007 primary, Powell, who was term-limited, was succeeded by fellow Republican Steve Pugh, who lost a bid for the seat in 1991 to Dennis Hebert. By 2007, the district had become so Republican that a lone Democratic House candidate received less than 12 percent of the vote.[13]


  1. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 19, 1991". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved October 18, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Louisiana election returns, November 17, 2007". sos.louisiana. Retrieved October 18, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2008" (PDF). house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Louisiana Board of Pardons" (PDF). doc.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Jindal appoints former lawmakers to pardon board". WBRZ-TV. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Henry 'Tank' Powell: Local Insurance Man Named to Board of Directors of Local Savings and Loan Association". The Ponchatoula Times, June 24, 1982. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "House District 73", Louisiana Encyclopedia (1999)
  8. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 16, 1991. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 21, 1995. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 18, 1995. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 23, 1999. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 4, 2003. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Louisiana Election Returns". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 20, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
Preceded by
Dennis Paul Hebert
Louisiana State Representative for District 73 (Tangipahoa Parish)

Henry Watson "Tank" Powell

Succeeded by
Steve Pugh