Elect John Forgety for the State of Tennessee House of Representatives, 23rd Representative District of McMinn and Monroe Counties

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.
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
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 and Wife, Faye Collins Forgety


John Forgety a farmer


  • 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 Elect John Forgety


  • 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
  • Accolades
    • 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
  • Budget/Taxes/Cuts
    • 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
  • Education
    • 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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