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John Forbes

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John Forbes
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Iowa House of Representatives District 40
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
John Forbes is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Forbes's professional experience includes owning and operating a Medicap Pharmacy.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Forbes served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Forbes' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

My focus in the Iowa legislature is on job creation, the environment, access to healthcare - including mental health services, quality education and veterans affairs.[3]



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent John Forbes was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Ronda Bern (R) in the general election. Bern filed to run on July 1, 2014.[4][5][6] Incumbent Forbes defeated Bern in the general election.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Forbes Incumbent 55.5% 7,219
     Republican Ronda Bern 44.5% 5,782
Total Votes 13,001


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Forbes ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 40. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Mike Brown (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Lance Horbach (R) did not seek re-election.[8][9]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Forbes 53.1% 9,113
     Republican Mike Brown 46.9% 8,044
Total Votes 17,157

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Forbes is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Forbes raised a total of $130,321 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[10]

John Forbes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 40 Won $130,321
Grand Total Raised $130,321


Forbes won election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Forbes raised a total of $130,321.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Forbes's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$66,880
Forbes, John$10,000
Iowa Pharmacy Association$3,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,000
Food & Commercial Workers District 431$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$130,321
Source:Follow the Money


Forbes and his wife, Cindy, have two children.[1]


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Preceded by
Lance Horbach (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 40
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