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Tom Forese
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Arizona House of Representatives District 17
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 21
ProfessionPresident, FMG Partners
Office website
Personal website
Tom Forese is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Forese's professional experience includes working as the Director of Academic Affairs for Link-Systems International and President of FMG Partners.

Committee assignments


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:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Forese endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

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.[2]


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.[2]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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.



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

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 Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Forese Incumbent 35.9% 44,422
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.D. Mesnard Incumbent 34.7% 42,955
     Democratic Karyn Lathan 29.3% 36,265
     Republican Jason Harris (Write-in) 0% 41
Total Votes 123,683


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Forese and J.D. Mesnard defeated Venessa Whitener in the August 24 primary. They then defeated Green Party candidate Linda J. Macias in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Tom Forese (R) 42,523
Green check mark transparent.png J.D. Mesnard (R) 39,891
Linda J. Macias (G) 17,181
Arizona House of Representatives, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Tom Forese (R) 12,253
Green check mark transparent.png J.D. Mesnard (R) 12,028
Venessa Whitener (R) 10,147

Campaign donors

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.[11]

Tom Forese's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 17 Won $61,885
2010 Arizona State House, District 21 Won $29,410
Grand Total Raised $91,295


Forese won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Forese raised a total of $61,885.


Forese won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Forese raised a total of $29,410.


Forese has a wife, Casey.

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