This was a hard decision as the House of Representatives is blessed with several good chairmen. Charles Sargent, Jimmy Matlock, Steve McManus, Harry Brooks, Bill Dunn, and Jeremy Faison all come to mind. But this year we chose John Forgety; former school superintendent, principal, coach and 1st “Top” Sargent. Thought to be the oldest Tennessean to serve in combat in the Iraq war, Chairman Forgety’s no-nonsense attitude toward legislation and debate has been a breath of fresh air in a chamber that has recently been known more for its dysfunction.
John is equally transparent with his constituents in district. If anyone wants to know Forgety’s stance on an issue, all you need to do is ask him.
Philosophically, John sometimes finds himself at odds with his Republican colleagues on issues regarding public administration. However, few would challenge his commitment to fairness and integrity. His Education Instruction & Program Committee publicly reviews and processes hundreds of bills with complex and often controversial subject matter, all addressed in a businesslike fashion. Through the intense sausage making of the legislative process, John has remained one of the most liked and appreciated men on Capitol Hill. For service, character and forthrightness the Tennessee Forum has selected Rep. John Forgety as Best Chairman of the 109th General Assembly.
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