Henri E. Brooks served as state representative for the 92nd District, first elected in 1992, for the 98th - 104th General Assemblies. She was vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and served on the House Judiciary Committee. She also served as vice chair of the House Judiciary Criminal Practices and Procedures and the Constitutional Protections Subcommittees.
As state representative, Henri E. Brooks served as chair of the Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. She also chaired the Caucus' Title VI Children and Gun Safety Study Committees.
Commissioner Brooks is a graduate of the Memphis public schools earning her bachelor's in education from the University of Memphis. She has also attended the Nashville School of Law.
Henri E. Brooks was elected to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners District 2, Position 2, in August 2006. She serves as the chairperson of the Core City, the Neighborhood and Housing Standing Committee, and as vice chairperson of the Legislative Standing Committee.
She also serves on the following committees:
- Budget and Finance
- Hospital and Health
- Land Use
- Transportation and Code Enforcement
- Economic Development and Tourism
- Delinquent Tax Property Standing Committee
Additionally, Commissioner Brooks is chairperson for the Purchasing Policy Manual Subcommittee of the Budget Committee, the EOC Appeals Board, and the Juvenile Court Oversight Committee, and serves on the Family Court Task Force Committee.
She is active in numerous community organizations including:
- Orange Mound Concerned Citizens
- Memphis Women's Political Caucus
- Memphis NAACP
- National Organization of Women Legislators
- University of Memphis Women's Leadership Council
- National Black Caucus of State Legislators
- National Conference of State Legislators
- Southern Leadership Conference
Commissioner Brooks is the proud mother of one daughter, who is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is an active member of Greater Imani Church and Christian Center,