John Forgety is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 23rd district, encompassing Athens, McMinn County and part of Monroe County, Tellico Plains, Rural Vale, and Coker Creek.
He was a school administrator for forty years and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard for twenty years along with deploying to Iraq in 2004 to 2005. In 2011, he was elected as a Republican Congressman for the 23rd district, a seat formerly represented by now-Senator Mike Bell. Regarding education, he has said he is critical of student evaluations. He is the President of the Athens chapter of the Kiwanis.
- House profile
- University of Tennessee, Office of Government Relations
- Andy Sher, 'Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman balks at calls to delay teacher evaluation', in Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 7th, 2011 
- Kiwanis Club of Athens, Tennessee
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