James Forrester

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James Forrester
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North Carolina State Senate District 41
Former member
Term in office began
1991
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]

Background

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

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]

2008

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

2010

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

North Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Forrester's campaign in 2010
North Carolina Medical Society$8,000
Gaston Anesthesia Associates$4,000
Northeast Anesthesia & Pain Spec Pac$2,000
Southwest Anesthesiology Consultants$2,000
Bank Of America$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $36,526

2008

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

Personal

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
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North Carolina State Senate District 41
1991–2011
Succeeded by
Chris Carney