On April 27, 2010, The New York Times reported that Mary Kay Henry would replace outgoing SEIU President Andy Stern:
Mary Kay Henry leads the health care division of the Service Employees International Union a powerful force in politics as well as in labor. Top union officials announced in late April that Ms. Henry has locked up the votes to succeed Andy Stern as the union president.
Officials said Ms. Henry, an executive vice president, has the support of locals representing nearly 60 percent of the union’s 1.9 million members, giving her the likely edge over Anna Burger, the union’s secretary-treasurer, in an executive board vote expected to be held in May 2010.
Ms. Henry grew up in suburban Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University. She became an organizer for the S.E.I.U. in 1979 and has played a major role in some of its biggest organizing drives, at Beverly Enterprises, Catholic Health Care West, Tenet and HCA. She is a founding member of the union’s gay and lesbian caucus.