|Arizona House of Representatives District 17|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 21|
|Profession||President, FMG Partners|
Forese attended Brigham Young University in Idaho. His professional experience includes working as the director of academic affairs for Link-Systems International since 2007 and as the president of FMG Partners.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Forese served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce, Chair|
|• Capital Review|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Forese served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Higher Education, Innovation and Reform, Vice Chair|
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Forese received a score of 69 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B+ according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 1 lower than his score on the 2011 report card. Forese’s 70 in 2012 was tied for the 7th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Tom Forese is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid. She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.
By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013 deadline.
The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years," according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.
The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
Forese won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 17. He and incumbent J.D. Mesnard ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 21 General Election (2010)|
|Tom Forese (R)||42,523|
|J.D. Mesnard (R)||39,891|
|Linda J. Macias (G)||17,181|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Tom Forese (R)||12,253|
|J.D. Mesnard (R)||12,028|
|Venessa Whitener (R)||10,147|
Comprehensive donor information for Forese is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Forese raised a total of $91,295 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.
|Tom Forese's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 17||$61,885|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 21||$29,410|
|Grand Total Raised||$91,295|
2012Forese won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Forese raised a total of $61,885.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Tom Forese's campaign in 2012|
|Forese Iii, Tom||$3,200|
|Pinnacle West Capital||$1,000|
|Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association||$834|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$674|
|Total Raised in 2012||$61,885|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Forese has a wife, Casey.
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- Tom Forese's campaign website
- House website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- ↑ Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Arizona Elected Officials," February 2, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- ↑ AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Primary results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "Forese, Tom," accessed May 23, 2013