Dr. John Forgety, Candidate for the State of Tennessee House of Representatives, 23rd Representative District of McMinn and Monroe Counties.
Subject to the Republican Primary.
JOHN FORGETY THE EDUCATOR
- High school teacher and coach
- High school principal and assistant principal
- Supervisor of Pupil Transportation
- Superintendent (Director of Schools) of McMinn County for 16 years
- State of Tennessee Superintendent of the Year 2007
- Retired July 2008, following 40 years in public education
- Worked as a consultant for Edvantia, Nashville, Tennessee
- Tennessee House of Representative for six years
- Chairman - House Education Programs & Instruction Committee
- Member - House Civil Justice Committee
JOHN FORGETY THE SOLDIER
- Platoon Leaders Class USMC
- Served as Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop 1st Sergeant, Tennessee Army National Guard
- Called to active duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard 278th Regimental Combat Team (at age 58) to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Operation Thunder Road
- Among other military Honors, awarded the following for service in Iraq:
The Global War on Terrorism Medal
The Bronze Star
The Legion of Merit
The Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Medal
- Frontiers of Freedom Award for service on the Iraq/Iran border
- Retired following 20 years of service in July 2006
JOHN FORGETY THE FARMER AND CITIZEN
- Wife, Faye Collins Forgety
- Two children and four grandchildren
- Member First Baptist Church, Etowah, Tennessee
- In Leadership roles of a number of civic and service clubs in Athens and McMinn County
- Current Civic Involvement
- Member American Legion Post 0068, Athens, Tennessee
- Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5146, Athens, Tennessee
- Member Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
- Member of Etowah Chamber
- Member of Monroe County Chamber
- Member Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks #1927, Athens, Tennessee
- Member Meridian Sun Lodge #50 of Free and Accepted Masons
- Past Civic Involvement
- President Athens Kiwanis Club
- President MADCAT - McMinn County anti-drug coalition aiding teens
- President of the Four Lanes for US Highway 411 Coalition
- Board of Deacons, First Baptist Church, Etowah, Tennessee
- McMinn County Financial Management Committee
- Athens-McMinn County Area Man of the Year J. Neal Ensminger Award, sponsored by the Daily Post-Athenian
- Recipient of the 1999 Mason of the Year Award District 17
- Etowah Regional Planning Committee
- McMinn County Economic Development Authority
- CEO, National MooFest - Held in Athens, Tennessee promoting the Athens-McMinn County area and the dairy industry and agrarian culture in the 23rd District
- Member Board of Directors Mid-East Tennessee Regional Fair
- Member Board of Directors Starr Regional Medical Center
- Lives on a small farm, off Highway 39 between Athens and Englewood
- Licensed Auctioneer with Ronnie Colyer Auction and Realty, Ten Mile, Tennessee
- Licensed Affiliate Real Estate Broker with Jerry Armstrong Realty, Athens, Tennessee
JOHN FORGETY THE REPRESENTATIVE
- Under Conservative Leadership, Tennessee is a Better Place to Live, Work and Raise a Family.
- #1 in the Southeast and #2 in the United States for job growth over the last year
- 325,500 net new private sector jobs created since 2011
- Passed tort reform, overhauled workers' comp, and TODAY MORE TENNESSEEANS HAVE A JOB THAN AT ANY POINT IN STATE HISTORY
- March unemployment rate of 4.5% is below the national average (5%) and the lowest it's been in Tennessee since June 2007.
- Cut twice as much in taxes in the last 5 years as any other Administration and General Assembly have done in 8 years:
- Phased out inheritance tax
- Raised exemption level on Hall tax
- Reduced sales tax on food
- The only state to ever receive the "State of the Year" distinction from Business Facilities two years in a row
- #1 in automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented four years in a row
- In the top five states with the best business climate by Site Selection magazine
- 4th best state in the country for business overall by Chief Executive magazine
- Balanced a budget every year
- Cut the Hall Income Tax (both for seniors and raised the exemption)
- In the House, we have eliminated duplicative committees and consolidated certain operations saving nearly $1 million in taxpayer dollars.
- Fully repealed the death tax - $94.6 million
- Fully repealed the gift tax - $14.9 million
- Lowered the food tax - almost $50 million over two cuts
- Banned a state income tax
- Implemented a conservative fiscal strategy:
- Cut more than $500 million in recurring spending
- Shrunk state government by 10%
- Balanced budget takes on no new debt
- Lowest debt per capita of any state and no transportation debt
- Lowest interest rate in state's recorded history
- More than doubled our savings account (Rainy Day Fund) since 2011
- TENNESSEE STUDENTS ARE THE FASTEST IMPROVING STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY
- Top 10 in percentage increases for K-12 state education expenditures, outpacing the national average increase in teacher salaries, and this year's budget makes the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in Tennessee's history.
- First state in the nation to offer high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees - and we're doing that without raising taxes
- As a result of Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, first-time freshmen enrollment has increased 25% at community colleges and 20% at TCATs.
- Highway fatalities are down over 18% from their 50 year average.
- As a result of tougher laws, domestic violence offenses are down 13% since 2010.
- Prescription Safety Act of 2012 has resulted in a 14% decrease in morphine milligrams dispensed (2012-2015) and a 50% decrease in doctor shopping (2011-2015).
- Tort Reform
- Major tort reform package passed in 2011
- New law caps non-economic damage awards at $750,000 and at $1 million in cases where victims suffer certain catastrophic injuries
- These reforms have brought, and will continue to bring, stability to the legal envioronment and level the playing field.
- Several businesses that have relocated here cite our tort reform efforts as a reason they moved here.
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