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Foster Statement On Retirement Of Congressman Rush Holt

Feb 19, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) released the following statement on the retirement of Congressman Rush Holt:

“I was saddened to hear of the retirement of my friend and colleague Congressman Rush Holt.  His thoughtful and rational approach to the legislative process will be deeply missed.

“While I am proud to carry the torch for physicists in Congress, it is clear that we need more scientists in public office.  Too much of our Congress is made up of lawyers and career politicians who are trained in the art of arguing, but not in problem solving or analyzing data to develop commonsense solutions.  While no one can match him, as Watson knows, we need more Representatives like Rush Holt to bring a voice for science and reason to Congress.”

Foster and Holt are the only physicists serving in Congress.

Foster is a scientist and businessman who worked at Fermi National Laboratory for over 20 years.  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.