John Forbes (Iowa politician)

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John Forbes
John Forbes - Official Portrait - 85th GA.jpg
85th General Assembly portrait (2013)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 40th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded byLance Horbach
Personal details
Born (1956-10-21) October 21, 1956 (age 62)
Clarion, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children2 children - (Adam and Meredith) and one son in law -(James)
ResidenceUrbandale, Iowa

John Forbes (born October 21, 1956) is the Iowa State Representative from the 40th District.[1][2] A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2013.

As of May 2013, Forbes serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Commerce, Local Government, Transportation, and Ways and Means committees. He also serves as a member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Forbes was born in Clarion, Iowa, and raised in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He has been a small business owner for over 32 years. He is a pharmacist and owns and operates Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale, Iowa.[3]

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [4]
District 3
Democratic John ForbesDemocraticunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [5]
District 3
Turnout: 18,032
Democratic (newly redistricted) John ForbesDemocratic9,11350.54%
Mike Brown Republican8,04444.61%


Forbes is a member of the following organizations:

Honors and awards[edit]

Forbes received the Bowl of Hygenia Award from the Iowa Pharmacy Association in 2010 for his work in community service. In 2011, he won the Hero's of the Heartland Award from the American Red Cross.[3]


Forbes and his wife Cindy reside in Urbandale, Iowa. Together they have two children, Adam and Meredith.[3] He is the son-in-law of former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Dale M. Cochran.[6]


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  3. ^ a b c d "New Member Profile: John Forbes". Iowa House. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "2012 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 139. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 86. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Forbes: Legislature guts longtime collective bargaining law". Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 3, 2017.

External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lance Horbach
40th District
Succeeded by