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Judge Henry is a fifth generation Texan, born and raised in the Houston area. After leaving active-duty and transferring to the Air Force Reserve in 1995, he moved back to League City where he has resided since.
Judge Henry graduated from the University of Houston in 1987 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in May 1989. After completion of Undergraduate Space Training, he was assigned to the 1st Space Operations Squadron in Colorado Springs, CO. Follow-on assignments included staff positions at Officer Training School, Squadron Officer College and at the 560th Flying Training Squadron - The Chargin’ Cheetah’s at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX.
Judge Henry retired from the Air Force in March 2010; the same year he was elected as the first Republican County Judge in Galveston County. In 2013, he started a Veterans Treatment Court to provide much needed support and assistance to vets struggling with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Still today, Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court is the first and only court in the United States that is staffed entirely by veterans. In 2014, the Texas Veterans Commission named Judge Henry as being "one of the greatest veteran advocates in the whole State of Texas".
In 2010, he was elected in a landslide victory against a 16-year incumbent. After years of tax and spend policies, and having the second highest public debt per capita in the State of Texas, Judge Henry cut the county tax rate each year he's been in office and has reduced the public debt by close to 40 percent. Under his leadership, the county has reached its lowest tax rate in over 18 years - not seen since the year 2000. He also led the effort to reduce the number of elected officials in Galveston County, a move that’s rarely accomplished in any government.
Judge Henry won one of the most contentious Primary battles in the 2018 election cycle, and is unopposed for the first time in his career in the upcoming November 2018 General Election. His priorities for the coming year are improving infrastructure post Hurricane Harvey, modernizing Galveston County’s pre-trial program and addressing mental health challenges in the aftermath of the Santa Fe tragedy.
Judge Henry is also a successful businessman. He built an aviation company in Galveston County, Talon Air Services, which is an authorized vendor of aircraft parts to the United States Government that has experienced significant growth in the last 12 months.
Judge Henry is the father of five children. Adults Austin, Taylor, Jessica, and two and a half year old twin girls, Brinkley and Hartley. He is a commercial pilot, motorcycle rider, and family man. When he's not being County Judge or running one of his businesses, Judge Henry prefers being home with his twin girls and wife Amy.