John (John) Forbes (D-SH040)
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Capitol: 515.281.3221
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State Capitol 1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319

District Office:
12816 Cardinal Lane
Urbandale, IA 50323
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Cindy   
Committee Assignments
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
RM MemberSubcommittee on Health and Human Services
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation
MemberJoint Legislative Council Committee on Health Policy Oversight
MemberHouse Committee on Human Resources
Counties Representing
School Districts
Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District
Des Moines Independent Community School District
Johnston Community School District
Urbandale Community School District
Waukee Community School District
West Des Moines Community School District


John Forbes is a small business owner and former City Councilman in Urbandale. He is a pharmacist and has owned and operated Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale for the past 35 years. Forbes is a member and past president of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. He also served as President of the Urbandale Library Foundation Board, and currently serves as a Board member.

John has served as President of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the Polk County Pharmacists Association. He was named by a leading pharmacy journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Pharmacists in the Nation. In 2010, Forbes received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for community service given by the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

In recent years, he has headed up the Central Iowa Honor Flight, which flew World War II veterans to Washington, DC, for a one-day trip to view the World War II Memorial and other historical sites around the DC area. John was the winner of the Heroes of the Heartland Award from the American Red Cross in 2011. He was chosen by a leading pharmacy trade journal in 2011 as a Next Generation Pharmacist for Community Service. In 2014, the Drake University College of Pharmacy granted John its highest public service award, the Weaver Medal of Honor.

John resides in Urbandale with his wife, Cindy, a registered nurse. They raised two children in Urbandale, Adam, 34, and Meredith, 29. The couple also enjoys spending time with their grandson, Logan.