Tom Henry

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Tom Henry
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35th Mayor of Fort Wayne
Assumed office
January 1, 2008
Preceded by Graham Richard
Personal details
Born Thomas Charles Henry
(1951-11-08) November 8, 1951 (age 69)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cindy Kocks (m. 1975)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Saint Francis (B.A. and M.B.A.)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Government website
Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army

Thomas Charles "Tom" Henry[1] (born November 8, 1951) is an American businessman and politician who is the current and 35th Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A member of the Democratic Party, Henry served five terms on Fort Wayne City Council from 1984 to 2004, representing the 3rd District. Henry is the President and CEO of the Gallant Group, an insurance agency specializing in healthcare consulting.[1]

Early life

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

Henry represented the Third District for five terms on the Fort Wayne City Council between 1984 and 2004. He was preceded by the Republican Roy Schomburg. Henry 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.

Mayoral campaigns

Henry announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for Mayor on February 21, 2007. He 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 the Republican Matt Kelty in the November election, with 60 percent of the vote.[2]

Henry was reelected on November 8, 2011, with 49.9 percent of votes against the Republican challenger Paula Hughes' 46 percent.[3]

Henry won with 57% of the vote, receiving 23,769 votes to Harper's 18,067. Henry defeated Republican challenger Mitch Harper on November 3, 2015, the first Democrat in Fort Wayne's history to win three consecutive mayoral terms.[4]


On December 15, 2008, Henry 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 August 12 meeting by John Shoaff, D-at large, to end a dispute between two of his constituents, one of whom had 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

Henry married Cindy née Kocks in 1975.[1] 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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Mayor Tom Henry (biography), The Waynedale News, September 1, 2009
  2. 'Underdog' Kelty tops Peters, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 9, 2007.
  3. "Four More Years" Henry Wins Re-Election Bid in Mayor's Race, Indiana's NewsCenter, November 9, 2012.
  4. Dave, Gong (November 4, 2015). "Henry wins 3rd straight term". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved November 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Graham Richard
Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Succeeded by