|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 6|
|North Carolina State Senate|
Foriest is the former Chair of the Alamance County Democratic Party. He joined the North Carolina State Senate in 2009 and served in that position until 2011, representing the 24th district.
Foriest earned his BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He went on to receive his MBA from Elon University.
Foriest served in the United States Army. He was Executive of the Xerox Corporation from 1977 to 1999.
While a member of the North Carolina State Senate, Foriest served on the following committees:
- Appropriations/Base Budget Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Commerce Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Education/Higher Education Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Finance Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Health Care Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Pensions & Retirement & Aging Committee, North Carolina State Senate
Foriest ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Howard Coble Incumbent||60.9%||222,116|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Foriest was not opposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010. The election took place on November 2, 2010.
On November 4, 2008, Foriest was elected to the 24th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Richard Gunn, Jr. (R).  Foriest raised $659,350 for his campaign, while Gunn raised $386,875. 
|North Carolina Senate, District 24 (2008)|
|Tony Foriest (D)||38,539|
|Richard Gunn, Jr. (R)||34,854|
|United States House of Representatives, 2012 - Tony Foriest Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$531,611|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$639,503|
|Top contributors to Tony Foriest's campaign committee|
|David Price for Congress||$1,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
In 2008, Foriest collected $659,350 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|North Carolina Democratic Senate CMTE||$348,768|
|North Carolina Democratic Party||$203,659|
|Citizens for Higher Education||$8,000|
|State Employees Association of North Carolina||$4,000|
Foriest and his wife Clara have two children.
- Senator Foriest's campaign
- Official North Carolina State Senate website
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Senator Foriest's State Surge
- Senator Foriest's facebook
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- General Election Results
- 2010 North Carolina Primary Election Results
- 2008 election results, North Carolina Senate
- North Carolina Senate spending, 2008
- Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed April 2013
- 2008 contributions
|North Carolina State Senate District 24
| Succeeded by|
Richard Gunn (R)