Steve Henson is a political leader in Georgia who currently serves as State Senator. Henson was also state Senator from 1991 to 1999. His commitment to AAASP’s goals has grown from the level of conscientious public servant to prominent leader in the Adapted Sports movement; in 2001 he joined AAASP’s Board of Directors.
His first exposure to AAASP was during his career as Senator. He saw that the program would have a major impact on the quality of life for an under served population of students — those with physical disabilities. He has seen AAASP progress from a very small program to one that is accessible to all of Georgia’s students with physical disabilities, and is steadily expanding to serve a national population.
Henson has helped steer state legislation focused on education, health, labor and environmental issues. He was instrumental in legislative efforts to create jobs through a Youth Apprenticeship Program, to increase teachers’ salaries and provide kindergarten programs for at–risk four–year–olds. He served as chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, vice–chairman of the Ethics Committee, secretary of the Rules Committee, and was a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee.
The Young Democrats of Georgia name Henson the Outstanding Young Man of America in 1984, and Volunteer of the Year in 1988. His community involvement includes being an active member of the American Lung Association–DeKalb Chapter, League of Women Voters, Kids Vote Board, the Georgia Epilepsy Board, Jaycees, Stone Mountain Exchange Club, PRISM, and Oakhurst Community Health Center Board. Henson received his AB in Economics degree from the University of Georgia.
Henson also oversees environment and construction training in Georgia, and Tennessee; is a member of the National Safety Council; and the American Society for Training and Development.