Heather French Henry Biography
Heather French Henry is an American fashion designer, personality, and veterans advocate. She won the 2000 Miss America pageant in September 1999 and she is the first Kentuckian to do so. She is also known as the wife of former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry.
Heather French Henry Age
Heather was born on December 29, 1974, and raised in Rhema church in Augusta, Kentucky. She is 47 years old.
Heather French Henry Family
Heather was raised in Rhema church in Augusta Kentucky. She is the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Vet. Heather has the heart to help care for the ones who have given so much to her country. Heather’s father was shot in Vietnam and for many years suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She could not handle any type of stress, which took quite a toll on her mother and family. She recalls going to VA hospitals with him. To help build patriotism she launched a series of children’s books about Claire, a rambunctious 8-year-old girl who learns about patriotism and volunteerism in everyday life.
Heather French Henry Husband
Heather married Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry, 21 years her senior on October 27, 2000, in Louisville, Kentucky. They have two daughters, Harper Renee (born 2001) and Taylor Augusta (born 2003).
Two weeks after she gave birth to August, her husband Steve, an orthopedic surgeon and former Lt. Gov. of Kentucky was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Surgery soon followed.
Barely two weeks after this her husband’s surgery Heather noticed that little Taylor was getting sick. There were few symptoms, but her daughter Taylor was doing projectile vomiting. The doctors were baffled, at first, but after two days, Heather sensed something was seriously wrong.
Barium tests showed an intestinal blockage. “It was so scary,” Heather says, “I thought I would faint.” At 6-weeks old little Taylor underwent surgery for pyloric stenosis, a condition where the tube leading into the stomach gets blocked and food has nowhere to go. Thankfully, she came through it well and is doing very well today.
Heather French Henry Accident
On October 12, 2003, Heather accidentally hit a bicyclist while driving. Later the bicyclist died. She was turning at a Louisville intersection when she struck Karola Steed, a native of Germany who was crossing outside the crosswalk. Karola a mother of four, died at a local hospital following the accident. No criminal charges were brought against Heather. She says she will never forget the incident, including the look on the woman’s face.
The accident remains a hard thing for her to talk about. Hindsight is always 20-20, and she says that looking back she should have heeded certain feelings she got that day. Heather believes she could have avoided the accident if she had trusted “her spirit and her gut” and gone into a store just for a few minutes.
Heather had spoken at a charity event, and there was no reason for her and Taylor to rush home – they were only three miles away. She also says there was a sickening feeling in her stomach as if there was something she hadn’t done. She felt this prompting twice, but she took a shortcut that was a different way out of the mall, and that changed everything.
Heather stated one of the biggest lessons that she learned from this experience is to be tuned in to Christ. The world is so busy now that we must take time to stop and listen to what the Spirit is saying.
Heather French Henry Miss America 2000
Heather In September 1999 she won the 2000 Miss America pageant the first Kentuckian to do so. She competed in pageants through her teens, including the Miss Ohio pageant. She also competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt in 1999. Her platform for her reign was raising awareness of homeless veterans. She has received a number of awards for her work with veterans.
She was named to Kentucky Governor-elect Steve Beshear’s transition team in November of 2007.
Heather participated in the Don’t Forget the Lyrics episode that aired on December 12, 2008, appearing with Susan Powell (Miss America 1981) and Kirsten Haglund (Miss America 2008).
Heather hosted the Miss Virginia pageant in Roanoke, Virginia on June 26, 2010. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Henry Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs on July 1, 2014.
Heather French Henry Political Party
Heather is the 2019 Democratic candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State.
Heather French Henry Net Worth
Heather’s estimated net worth is Under Review.
Heather French Henry Dresses
Heather’s clothing lie, the Heather French Henry Collection, sport everything from couture gowns for young women competing in pageants as well as gala gowns and cocktail dresses for special occasions. She turned her warehouse into a showroom in December of 2012, where you will find her line as well as sundress and accessories that are part of the “Everyday Wear” collection.