Gary Forby

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Gary Forby
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Illinois State Senate District 59
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 12, 2013
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Senate website
Gary Forby is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Forby has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003 when first appointed to the position by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Forby also served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003.

Forby graduated with his High School diploma and also works as a Excavating Contractor and Farmer in addition to being a Senator.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Forby has been appointed to these committees:


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



On November 4, 2008, Democrat Gary Forby won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 59 receiving 49,552 votes, ahead of Republican Ken Burzynski (46,727 votes).[2]

Illinois State Senate, District 59 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Forby (D) 49,552
Ken Burzynski (R) 46,727

Campaign Donors


In 2008, Forby collected $1,395,610 in donations.[3]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund $450,940
Friends of Clayborne $200,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers $65,587
Illinois Health Care Association $55,013
Illinois Laborers $44,722
Southern & Central Illinois Laborers District Council $43,000
Illinois Education Association $42,900
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $29,500
Illinois State Medical Society $25,000
Friends of Don Harmon $20,000
Silverstein for Senator $18,000
Deep Blue Illinois $15,000
Simmonscooper LLC $11,000
Service Employees Local 880 $11,000
John Sullivan $10,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $9,450
Illinois Realtors Association $8,900
Illinois AFL-CIO $7,529
AFSCME Illinois Council 31 $6,300
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $6,000

District 59

Forby represents Illinois Senate District 59. District 59 includes South Central Illinois[4].


Gary is married to Angie Forby. They have four children and reside in Benton, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 59
Succeeded by