Donald Henry was once married to politician and newest Arizona senator, Martha McSally.
Donald’s ex-wife will take over the seat vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl, who had previously been appointed to serve out a portion of the late Sen. John McCain’s remaining term. She actually lost a race for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November.
McSally was born on March 22, 1966; the Rhode Island native is the youngest of five children. Her father died of a heart attack when she was 12. Her mother, Eleanor became a reading specialist and went to work to support the family.
She won a scholarship to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She holds Masters Degrees from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the U.S. Air War College in Public Policy and Strategic Studies, where she graduated #1 in her class of 261 senior military officers.
After graduation, she became one of the first women in the country to receive training to become a fighter pilot. Shortly afterwards, she was deployed to Kuwait to patrol Iraq’s no-fly zone.
McSally, 52, retired from the US Air Force in 2010 after years of serving as a combat pilot in war zones. She spent 26 years in the military and did six tours in the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying for a total of 325 combat hours. She earned a Bronze star and six air medals during her years in the air force.
McSally was briefly married once to Donald F Henry; the two separated and she never married again.
Donald Henry and Martha McSally had a short lived marriage. The former couple was only married for two years. They tied the knot in 1997 in Tucson and were divorced by 1999. The marriage actually ended in annulment and they had no children.
There is a theory circling around as to why the couple had their marriage annulled –reports say the two had a ‘sham’ marriage in order for McSally to get a promotion.
Donald F. Henry was also an officer in the US Air Force –where he met McSally.