CSG Bids Farewell to a True Statesman and Friend
Sen. Douglas Henry, Jr., the longest serving member of the Tennessee General Assembly, passed away on Sunday, March 5 at the age of 90. While the passing of Henry is surely a profound loss to the state of Tennessee, it is also a deep loss to his friends and colleagues at The Council of State Governments.
It was Henry’s commitment to the states that prompted CSG to rename the “CSG Guardian of Federalism Award” to the “Senator Douglas Henry Guardian of Federalism Award” in 2008. The inaugural winners of the award bearing Henry’s name were Sen. John D. Rockefeller of West Virginia and Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia.
"Senator Henry was our guardian of federalism,” said Tennessee Majority Leader and CSG 2014 National Chair Mark Norris. “He championed the cause of state government and pushed back against federal encroachment at every turn. State sovereignty has lost a great advocate. We've all lost a great friend."
A staple at CSG conferences, the “southern gentleman from Tennessee” was known for his gentle but passionate presence at CSG conferences and meetings. Henry served as chairman of CSG’s Southern Legislative Conference from 1988-1989. He was also member CSG’s Governing Board for more than a decade and a long-time participant on CSG’s Executive, Intergovernmental Affairs and International committees as well the CSG Legal Task Force.