Robert Harlan Henry
See also Robert Henry (disambiguation)
Robert Henry (disambiguation)
Robert Henry may refer to:* Robert Henry , Scottish historian* Robert Pryor Henry , American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky* Robert L. Henry , American politician, U.S. Representative from Texas...

Robert Harlan Henry (born April 3, 1953) is a former U.S. judge and politician from Oklahoma, and President of Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University, often referred to as OCU, is a coeducational, urban, private university historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church...

 since July, 2010.


Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 29,857 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area; it is also the county seat of Pottawatomie County and the principal city of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical...

, Henry earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. the university had 29,931 students enrolled, most located at its...

 in 1974 and 1976 respectively. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was elected to his uncle's seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives
Oklahoma House of Representatives
The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower house of the Oklahoma Legislature, the legislative body of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Its members are responsible for introducing and voting on bills and resolutions, providing legislative oversight for state agencies, and helping to craft the...

, where he served until 1986. In 1986, he was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma
Attorney General of Oklahoma
The Attorney General of Oklahoma is the State Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma. The Attorney General serves as the chief legal and law enforcement officer of the State of Oklahoma. The Attorney General is responsible for providing legal advise to the various agencies and departments of...

, defeating Republican
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 Brian C. Griffin
Brian C. Griffin
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. He was re-elected as Attorney General in November 1990 but resigned in June 1991 to become the Dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law, also known as OCU Law, is one of the professional graduate schools of Oklahoma City University. OCU Law is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was founded in 1907...

. Governor of Oklahoma
Governor of Oklahoma
The governor of the state of Oklahoma is the head of state for the state of Oklahoma, United States. Under the Oklahoma Constitution, the governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Oklahoma executive branch, of the government of Oklahoma...

 David Walters
David Walters
David Lee Walters was the 24th Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995.-Biography:Walters was born near Canute, Oklahoma. He graduated as valedictorian from Canute High School in 1969. He later graduated from University of Oklahoma in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering...

 appointed Henry's First Assistant Attorney General Susan B. Loving
Susan B. Loving
Susan Brimer Loving was Oklahoma's first female attorney general. She was appointed in 1991 after serving as both first assistant attorney general and chief of legal services in the Office of the Attorney General....

 to succeed him. Henry continued to serve as Dean until 1993.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
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 appointed him as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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, which, as all other federal judges appointed under Article III, is a lifetime position. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 1994. Judge Henry is a cousin of former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry
Brad Henry
Charles Bradford "Brad" Henry was the 26th Governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected governor in 2002...

, and administered the oath of office at the governor's inauguration in 2003.

In January 2008, Henry succeeded Deanell Reece Tacha
Deanell Reece Tacha
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as Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit. On December 10, 2009, Judge Henry was named 17th president and CEO of Oklahoma City University, a private Methodist-affiliated university with a student body of 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students.
, succeeding Tom J. McDaniel, who will assume a new role as Chancellor in July, 2010.
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