Henry Coe

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Henry Coe
Wyoming State Senate District 18
In office
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 26
President, Wyoming State Senate
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Park County Commissioner
Date of birthApril 29, 1946
Place of birthCody, WY
ProfessionInvestment Executive
Office website
Henry H.R. "Hank" Coe (b. April 29, 1946) is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate. He has represented District 18 since 1989. He was elected in 1988 and re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Coe's political experience began with his service as Park County Commissioner from the years of 1978 to 1986. He then served as Vice President for the Wyoming State Senate from 1997 to 1998 and from 1999 to 2000, he served as Majority Floor Leader. He served as Senate President from 2001 to 2002.

Coe has worked as an Investment Executive. He attended the University of Wyoming.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Coe served on the following committees:

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Minerals, Business and Economic Development
Joint Education, Chair
Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Coe served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Coe served on these committees:


Teacher tenure

In 2011, Wyoming and Montana started working on bills that would end teacher tenure. Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho all share heavily-Republican legislatures in the 2011 session. Anti-tenure ideas came from Republicans in Wyoming and Montana, raising the question about whether a similar plan could come to the Idaho.

Rep. Steven Thayn of Idaho says that he would like to have the discussion about enduing tenure, but wouldn’t make a firm commitment to supporting the idea.

"The current system helps teachers more than it helps students," said Thayn. "Having tenure doesn’t help students. So yes, I think that discussion should come to Idaho."

Advocates for the bill in Wyoming say that the legislation protects good teachers while making it much easier to remove poor educators from classrooms.

Sen. Coe said the legislation will make teachers more accountable to the people who pay their salaries, the taxpayers.

“People flat don’t like tenure,” Coe said. “People in the real world don’t like it. It doesn’t exist in any other business.”[2]



See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

Coe won re-election in the 2012 election for Wyoming State Senate, District 18.[3] Coe defeated Robert Berry in the August 21st primary election and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Wyoming State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Coe Incumbent 71.4% 6,249
     Write-Ins Various 28.6% 2,506
Total Votes 8,755

Wyoming State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Coe Incumbent 51.4% 2,149
Robert Berry 48.6% 2,032
Total Votes 4,181


On November 4, 2008, Henry Coe won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate, District 18. He ran unopposed.[5]

Coe raised $2,800 for his campaign.[6]

Wyoming State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Henry Coe (R) 8,173

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In the year 2008, Coe raised $2,800 for his campaign.[7]

His top four contributors were:

Donor Amount
Wyoming Realtors Association $750
Williams Companies $500
Chevron Corporation $400
Wyoming Contractors Association $250


Henry and his wife Marty have three children.

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