Anthony Foriest

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Not to be confused with Anthony Forrest.
Anthony Foriest
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 24th district
In office
Preceded by Hugh Webster
Succeeded by Rick Gunn
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clara Foriest
Residence Graham, North Carolina
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elon University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Baptist

Anthony "Tony" Foriest was a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, representing the 24th district, where he served two terms.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Foriest was born and raised in Graham, North Carolina. He graduated from Central (currently called Graham) High School 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.

He was a two-term Chairman of the Alamance County Democracy Party.

North Carolina Senate[edit]



He decided to challenge incumbent Republican State Senator Hugh Webster and lost 58%-42%.[1]


He filed for rematch against Webster and defeated him 51%-49%, a difference of just 460 votes.[2]


He won re-election to a second term defeating Republican Richard Gunn 53%-47%.[3]


Gunn filed for a rematch and defeated Foriest 53%-42%.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations/Base Budget Committee (Co-Chairman)
  • Commerce Committee
  • Education Committee (Vice Chairman)
  • Finance Committee
  • Health Care Committee (Vice-Chairman)
  • Pensions, Retirement, & Aging Committee (Chairman)[5][6]

2012 congressional election[edit]

In March 2012, Foriest filed to run in the newly redrawn North Carolina's 6th congressional district, held by Republican U.S. Congressman Howard Coble. Foriest was unopposed in the primary and was the Democratic nominee.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Foriest is married to Clara Foriest. He has two children, Pamela and Brian, and one grandson, Trey.


  1. ^ "NC State Senate 24 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "NC State Senate 24 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ "NC State Senate 24 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  4. ^ "NC State Senate 24 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Legislative Update September 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Tony Foriest". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Foriest running for Congress | foriest, congress, running - Burlington Times News". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

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