In honor of Women’s History Month, Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton and Wilmington campuses honored Delaware Senator Margaret Rose Henry, for her commitment to the state of Delaware and her accomplishments and public service over her decades-long career. As a tribute, a video was created to honor Senator Henry, with remarks from Delaware Tech President Dr. Mark T. Brainard, Governor John C. Carney, and an introduction from Tynetta Brown, CEO of Philanthropy Delaware. Senator Henry also provided remarks and advice for others. View the video at: https://vimeo.com/527793910/5bd51e24da. Senator Henry was also presented with tributes from the Delaware House of Representatives, the New Castle County Executive Office, and the Mayor’s Office in recognition of the honor and her accomplishments. About Senator Margaret Rose Henry Senator Margaret Rose Henry is known for her extraordinary commitment to public service with an emphasis on working to improve the lives of women, children, families, and the elderly. She was born on June 20, 1944 in Rayne, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. Her father was a longshoreman, while her mother worked in a domestic capacity. Growing up in such a quintessential working family, Senator Henry realized the importance of education early on in life. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Texas Southern University. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. She would also go on to earn her M.A. in Community Development and Leadership from Springfield College. Senator Henry most recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Delaware State University in December of 2017. Senator Henry has called Delaware home since 1970. After going through a divorce, she went on to raise her two sons, John and Marcus, as a single working mother. Both sons went on to graduate from college and find successful employment and good marriages. Sen. Henry is also the proud grandmother of three – Myles, Gabriella, and Alex – all of whom affectionately call her “Mimi.” Senator Henry was the first African-American woman to serve in the Delaware State Senate, and was the one of only four women serving in the chamber at the time of her election in 1994. She served as majority leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus and represented the 2nd Senatorial District. Prior to her election to the General Assembly in 1994, Sen. Henry spent her professional career working in the nonprofit sector. She served in management roles with groups like Delaware Guidance Services, Girls Inc., Ingleside Homes, YWCA, and the United Way of Delaware. This diverse background in public service gave her an intimate understanding of the needs of the communities she served. Sen. Henry’s focus as a legislator was always on improving the lives of working families, children, women, and seniors. Senator Henry worked diligently on legislation that would have a positive impact on her district and the state as a whole. She sponsored or cosponsored legislation restricting gun access for convicted domestic abusers, required mandatory reporting for lost or stolen firearms, levying stricter penalties for witness intimidation, creating Delaware’s medical marijuana program, prohibiting discrimination along lines of sexual orientation and gender identity, reformed child support laws, studied education reform in the City of Wilmington, broadened access to affordable housing, sponsored and implemented a clean needle exchange program, worked to help increase the minimum wage, worked to help close the gender pay gap, protected victims of child abuse, sponsored common sense criminal justice reforms and anti-bullying measures, and worked to expand the Port of Wilmington. She championed legislation in the areas of education, autism, health, housing, crime, gun control, mental health, and services for seniors. During her long tenure in public service, Senator Henry has earned recognition from many organizations. Besides being nominated, she served as majority whip and then majority leader by her Caucus, she has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Medical Center of Delaware, the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and Wesley College. She spent time as a member of the Board of the Ministry of Caring, the Brandywine Professional Association, and chaired the Delaware State Arts Council. She has been honored by the Delaware Division of Child Mental Health Services and has earned several awards including the YWCA’s Woman of the Century Award, the ACLU of Delaware’s Gerald E. Kandler Memorial Award, the Delaware Bar Association’s Legislator of the Year Award, the Alexis I. DuPont Bayard Award, and was inducted into the Delaware Women Hall of Fame, She also received the Order of the First State and the Junior League of America 2019 Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, and the 2018 Wilmington Senior Center, Lifetime Achievement award, as well as a rarely given honor of the Dick DiSabatino Award, named for former DSCC Chairman Richard DiSabatino Sr. from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. In July 2020, the new Christina River Bridge at the Wilmington Riverfront was dedicated to Senator Henry. About Delaware Technical Community College Delaware Tech -- the First State’s only community college -- offers academic, technical, continuing education, corporate and community training comprising more than 120 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Delaware Tech has four campuses across Delaware in Georgetown, Dover, Stanton and Wilmington.