James Forrester

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James Forrester
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North Carolina State Senate District 41
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
October 31, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Contractor
James Forrester (b. January 8, 1937) is a former Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate.

Forrester was a Commissioner on the Gaston County Board of Commissioners from 1982 to 1990. He then joined the North Carolina State Senate in 1991, representing the 41st District. He became Senate Joint Republican Caucus Leader in 2006. He served in that position until his death on October 31, 2011.[1]


Forrester earned his B.S. from Wake Forest University in 1958. He then received his MD from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1962. He later earned his Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

Forrester was a Commander in the North Carolina Air National Guard in Vietnam. He is a former Medical Director for Greenfield Manor Nursing Home and Brian Center Nursing Home. He is also a former Medical Consultant for Gaston County Health Department and a former Medical Missioner in Central America. He is currently a Family Practice Physician.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Forrester served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Forrester served on these committees:



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Forrester won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 41 in the Novermber 2 general election. He ran unopposed.[2]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 41 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Forrester (R) 43,461 100%

Forrester defeated primary challenger Mark Vanek (R) on May 4, 2010.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Forrester won re-election to the 41st District in the North Carolina State Senate. Forrester had no challenger.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Forrester collected $36,526 in donations.[5]


In 2008, Forrester collected $38,750 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Medical Society $8,000
Citizens for Higher Education $4,000
Gaston Anesthesia Associates $2,000
Pfizer $1,000
Progress Energy $1,000


Forrester has a wife, Mary Frances.

Apologizes for remarks

On February 25, 2010, Forrester apologized for comments he made during a recent Iredell County Young Republicans meeting. He stated that "slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African American lobbies are running Raleigh."

Forrester explained, "I was just expressing my opinion about the leadership in the General Assembly and the bills that are being passed. North Carolina is a conservative state. Most people are conservatives, and the leadership in Raleigh is liberal."[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 41
Succeeded by
Chris Carney