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Aime Forand
Aime Forand (Rhode Island Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byCharles Risk
Succeeded byFernand St. Germain
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byCharles Risk
Succeeded byCharles Risk
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1895-05-23)May 23, 1895
Fall River, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 18, 1972(1972-01-18) (aged 76)
Boca Raton, Florida
Resting placeBoca Raton Municipal Cemetery and Mausoleum
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materColumbia University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States United States Army
Sergeant first class
UnitMotor Transport Corps
Battles/warsWorld War I

Aime Joseph Forand (May 23, 1895 – January 18, 1972) was a U.S. Democratic politician.


Aime Forand was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on May 23, 1895. He attended the public and parochial schools of Fall River, Magnus Commercial School in Providence, Rhode Island, and Columbia University.

During World War I Forand served in France as a member of the Army's Motor Transport Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant first class.

After the war Forand lived in Cumberland, Rhode Island and became a reporter for newspapers in Pawtucket and Woonsocket. A Democrat, he was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1923 to 1926, and congressional secretary for Representative Jeremiah E. O'Connell from 1929 to 1930 and Francis B. Condon from 1930 to 1935. In 1935 and 1936 Forand was Chief of the Rhode Island Division of Soldiers' Relief and Commandant of the Rhode Island Soldiers' Home.

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island in 1936 and served from January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1939, having lost his re-election campaign in 1938. He sought election to the House in 1940 and won, and won re-election nine subsequent times, serving from January 3, 1941, to January 3, 1961.

In the 1950s, Forand was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He repeatedly introduced comprehensive legislation to reform public assistance. He and Cecil R. King first proposed legislation in 1957 that became known as Medicare and was enacted in 1965.[1]

After leaving Congress Forand lived in Boca Raton, Florida and was the founder and first president of the National Council of Senior Citizens from 1961 to 1972.

He died in Boca Raton on January 18, 1972, and was interred at Boca Raton Municipal Cemetery and Mausoleum.


  1. ^ Zelizer, Julian E. (February 15, 2015). "How Medicare Was Made". The New Yorker.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Risk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Risk
Preceded by
Charles Risk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Fernand St. Germain
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