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Tom Forese
Tom Forese.gif
Arizona House of Representatives District 17
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
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 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.

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]



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 August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.
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
Cox Communications$500
Total Raised in 2012$61,885
Source:Follow the Money


Template:SLP donor box 2010===


Forese has a wife, Casey.

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