07/16/2010 10:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ed Henry Elected White House Correspondents Association Board President

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry was elected president of the White House Correspondents Association board Thursday.

Henry garnered 86.9% of the votes to win the honor.

The WHCA board is perhaps most in the spotlight at the moment as it will decide which news organization will inherit Helen Thomas' front row seat in the White House Briefing Room.

Henry came out in support of Fox News, which is seen as the frontrunner along with Bloomberg News.

"When CNN bid for the front row in 2007, Fox could have challenged it and had a knock-down, drag-out fight like the one we might have this time," Henry said. "But they did the gentlemanly thing and said CNN had more seniority. I've got to honor that commitment."

"BTW @edhenrycnn won the Presidency of the WH Correspondents Assn board ystrdy. Congrats. I already called him 'Your excellency,'" Fox News White House Correspondent Major Garrett tweeted Friday.

Politico's Carol Lee also won an at-large seat on the board.