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Foster Joins House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the 114th Congress

Feb 25, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster was appointed to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the 114th Congress. Congressman Foster will serve on this committee as well as the House Financial Services Committee.

“I am incredibly pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee,” said Foster. “As a scientist, I know firsthand how important it is for the United States to sustain our position as the leader in science and technology. Serving on this committee will allow me to better advocate for sustained investments in research and development and support Illinois’s national laboratories.”

Illinois is home to both Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Congressman Foster’s district includes the northern half of Argonne National Laboratory.

“The work done at Argonne and Fermi National Labs not only supports our local economy, employing as many as 4,725 people in Illinois, but is critical to our nation’s long-term economic success,” said Foster.  “It is essential we continue to fully support funding for our national labs to preserve our global competitive advantage. My position on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will allow me to better advocate for these vital institutions.”

Congressman Foster joins two other Members of Congress from Illinois, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

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. With the retirement of Congressman Rush Holt at the end of the 113th Congress, Foster is the only physicist in Congress.