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Foster Calls For Less Partisanship, More Fact Based Debate In 114th Congress

Jan 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Bill Foster was sworn in to represent Illinois’11th District in the 114th Congress.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to continue to represent Illinois’11th Congressional District,” said Foster. “I’m proud of the work we have done in the last two years to serve the community, including returning nearly $1 million to constituents, holding more than 1,000 meetings, and introducing 20 pieces of legislation.”

“As we begin a new session of Congress, it’s time to leave the partisan bickering behind and engage in more fact based, thoughtful debate on the issues,” added Foster. “In the new term I will continue to focus on providing strong constituent services, improving our broken immigration system, combating substance abuse in our communities, and taking actions to strengthen the economic recovery.”

Foster will continue to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

With the retirement of Congressman Rush Holt, Foster is now the only physicist in Congress. Foster is a scientist and businessman who worked at Fermi National Laboratory for over 20 years. Foster’s business career began at age 19 when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.

Foster’s scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi Lab. Foster was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermi Lab's giant particle accelerators.