Gary Forby

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Gary Forby
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 59th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2003
Preceded by Larry Woolard
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 117th district
In office
2001–2003
Preceded by Larry Woolard
Succeeded by John Bradley
Personal details
Born (1945-01-04) January 4, 1945 (age 69)
Anna, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Angie Forby
Profession Farmer and business owner

Gary Forby is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 59th District since 2003. The downstate district includes all or parts of the cities of Benton, Carbondale, Cairo, Carterville, Golconda, Harrisburg, McLeansboro, Marion, and Vienna.[1]

He was previously a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003 before being appointed to fill former State Senator Larry Woolard’s vacant seat in 2003.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Born in Anna in 1945, Forby is a Southern Illinois native whose values reflect the rural district he represents. He currently lives in Benton with his four children and one grandchild and remains very active in a number of local community organizations such as the Shriners and the Elk’s Club.

Political career[edit]

Before being becoming a member of the General Assembly, Gary Forby worked on his farm in Southern Illinois and as an excavating contractor at Forby Excavating, a locally-owned small business based in Benton, Illinois. Forby has served as the Chair of the Franklin County Board and as a member of the Benton Township Board and has been an active member of the Engineers’ and Laborers’ International Unions for nearly four decades.

Forby entered public service because he wanted the needs of Southern Illinois represented. During his time in the Senate, Forby has been a voice for the people of Southern Illinois by focusing on putting people to back work and bringing economic development to the area. Forby has also continued to be very outspoken about the need to pay the state's bills on time. While jobs and the economy are his main priorities, Forby has also worked to protect the most vulnerable residents in his district and improve their living conditions in Southern Illinois. He is a strong backer of Anna Veterans’ Home and a strong supporter of citizens’ second amendment rights.

On March 20, 2012, Gary Forby won the Democratic Primary with 12,692 votes (77% of those voting).[2] He will face Republican Mark Minor in the November General Election.[2]

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