Hank Sanders was first elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1983 and has championed issues pertaining to education, children, health, women, and removing sales tax from food. He served as Chairman of the powerful Finance and Taxation Education Committee; selected as Outstanding Legislator by the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus; voted a finalist in the Legislator of the Year Award by his fellow senators, and received a 1999 Nation Builder Award from the National Caucus of Black State Legislators. Senator Sanders writes a weekly column entitled "Senate Sketches" which is published widely. He does three weekly radio programs: the Sunday School Lesson, Radio Education, andLaw Lessons.
In addition to authoring his novel, Death of a Fat Man, Senator Sanders is working another book, The Gift of Struggle.