College of Education and Human Development

College of Education and Human Development


2010 Distinguished Alumnus: Henry "Tank" Powell



Henry Powell, better known as  "Tank" Powell, is an insurance agent in Ponchatoula, Louisiana;  He served as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 73 from 1996 until term-limited in 2008. He was subsequently appointed in 2008 by Governor Bobby Jindal to the five-member Louisiana Board of Pardons. 

A native of Bogalusa in Washington Parish, Powell graduated in 1963 from Bogalusa High School, where he excelled as an All-American football player, and presumably acquired his unusual nickname. Powell graduated in 1968 from Southeastern Louisiana University.


Powell has long been affiliated with Prudential Insurance, having been "Agent of the Year" and also "Man of the Year" designation from Tangipahoa Life Underwriters. Powell is a member of both the Hammond and Ponchatoula Chambers of Commerce as well as the Economic Development Foundation of Tangipahoa Parish. He is a member of the Southeastern Alumni Association. His wife is Kathy N. Powell.  He is also active in the Masonic lodge in Ponchatoula. He is a Baptist deacon.



After Powell's 12-year tenure in the Louisiana House of Representatives was term-limited, Governor Bobby Jindal named Powell to the prestigious Louisiana Board of Pardons.