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Arizona State Legislature
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Fifty-first Legislature - First Regular Session
  Thomas Forese

Thomas Forese

District 17

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 113
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5168
Fax Number: (602) 417-3021

Personal Information:
Home City: Gilbert
Occupation: Director of academic partnerships, Link-Systems International; owner, FMG Partners (marketing and public relations)
Member Since: 2010
Tom Forese represents Legislative District 17 which includes Gilbert, Chandler and Sun Lakes.

First elected in 2010, he is Chairman of the Commerce Committee and is also a member of the Appropriations and Government committees.  Tom has been named Arizona Chamber’s “Freshman of the Year.”

Tom's experience includes working for a large corporation, building a small business and managing an investment company. His motivation for running for office came from a concern that government is too big and that business, the engine of democracy, is stifled by regulation and over taxation. Tom's policy focus is maintaining a balanced state budget, creating a better business environment and restructuring our education system.

Tom was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in the San Francisco bay area. After serving a Mormon mission in the Philippines, Tom studied Marketing at BYU Idaho and moved back to California. It was here that he discovered his three great loves in life- business, politics and his wife, Casey.

In 2002 Tom organized a group of California business owners to take a more active role in politics and the community. After moving his business to Arizona in 2006, this group was renamed the Arizona Small Business Institute, over which he currently presides.

Since 2007 Tom has acted as the Director of Academic Affairs for Link-Systems International, an education software company based in Tampa, Florida. This position offers opportunities to interact and work with community college and university presidents regarding concerns in education and measures to create efficiency and student retention.

Tom is also president of FMG Partners; an Arizona based marketing company that works with political leaders and entertainment venues.

He is a small business owner and is married to Casey Forese. They have four children and live in Gilbert.


Committee Assignments
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Sponsored Bills
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Final Vote
HB2096 P board of cosmetology
HB2136 P firefighter and EMT memorial
HB2147 C unemployment benefits; proof; eligibility
  (NOW: eligibility; unemployment benefits
See Vote
HB2166 P limited liability companies; series
HB2167 P autonomous motor vehicles
HB2217 P extraordinary educators special plates
HB2258 P* mobile home parks; landscape maintenance
HB2259 P* vocational rehabilitation; prosthetic appliances; orthodontics
  (NOW: orthodontic devices; transaction privilege tax
HB2260 P* certified public accountants See Vote
HB2261 P* scrap metal; theft
HB2262 P* scrap metal dealers; registration See Vote
HB2263 P* technical correction; dental board powers
  (NOW: boxing commission; mixed martial arts
See Vote
HB2264 P* technical correction; mobile home parks
  (NOW: job incentives; tax relief act
HB2265 P* community colleges; STEM funding
HB2266 P* technical correction; chiropractic
HB2267 P* technical correction; prisoner education; budget
  (NOW: public consignment auction dealer; requirements
See Vote
HB2268 P* technical correction; change of venue
HB2269 P* technical correction; liquor suppliers
  (NOW: law enforcement agencies; drones
HB2270 P* industry-specific higher education programs.
HB2271 P* funeral establishment intern trainees See Vote
HB2272 P* burial duties; designated person See Vote
HB2273 P* opening cremation containers; crematory employees
HB2274 P* homeowners' associations; registry
HB2275 P* insurance premium tax; reduction
HB2276 P* benefit corporations
HB2277 P* uniform commercial code; funds transfers
HB2278 P* Yuma economic development
HB2279 P* employer; exception; officiating services See Vote
HB2280 P* employee benefits; state preemption
HB2330 P public employees; bargaining; open meetings
HB2336 P* taxation; retail classification; cash equivalents
HB2348 C foster home licensure; immunizations.
HB2384 P sales tax holidays
HB2393 P state agencies; licensure; time frames
HB2456 P revenue allocation districts
HB2470 C veterans; job opportunities; award
HB2473 C food vendors; state certification
HB2489 P bonds; financing; student loans See Vote
HB2563 C teacher preparation programs; common core
HB2569 C child prostitution; sentencing
HB2599 P procurement code; amendments
HB2600 P judicial nominees; minimum requirements; records
HB2608 C EORP; closure; defined contribution See Vote
HB2616 P data centers
HB2617 C school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities See Vote
HB2654 C full-time students; hunting licenses
HB2657 P transaction privilege tax changes
HCM2003 C copper mining; support
HCR2009 P* unmanned aircraft systems
HCR2017 C ballot measures; reauthorization; exemption
HCR2034 C Arizona territory; 150th anniversary
HCR2035 C recognizing Arizona caregivers
HCR2036 P Boy Scouts of America
SB1039 C uniform commercial code; secured transactions
SB1148 C workers' compensation; reciprocity
SB1162 P sales tax; reduced reporting requirements
SB1208 P pilot; foster care tuition waiver
SB1231 P public buildings; construction; indemnity
SB1251 C irrigation districts; audit requirements
SB1335 C secretary of state; committee prohibition
  (NOW: filing officer; campaign committee; prohibition
SB1341 C vulnerable adults; financial exploitation
SB1435 P TPT exemptions; modular data center
  (NOW: modular data center; TPT exemptions
SB1463 C counties; flood control districts; rules
SB1464 C mining advisory council; membership
SB1465 C solid waste facilities; general permit
SCR1020 P Sheriff Larry Dever; death resolution
SCR1021 P death resolution; Bill Konopnicki


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