Bill (Bill) Foster (D-USH11)
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Capitol: 202.225.3515
FAX: 202.225.9420
District: 630.585.7672
Representative
Room 2366 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-1311

Residence: Naperville, IL
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Aesook Byon   DOB: 10/7/1955
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Research and Development Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Nuclear Security Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
Co-ChairHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Payer State Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Inventions Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Blockchain Caucus
Co-ChairEntrepreneurship Caucus
ChairmanHouse Task Force on Artificial Intelligence
FC MemberCongressional Fusion Caucus
FC MemberUnited Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Transparency Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Research and Technology
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
MemberHouse Select Investigative Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets
Co-ChairCongressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
FC MemberSemiconductor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Policy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
MemberHouse Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Bureau / Grundy / Kankakee / La Salle / Livingston / McLean / Will / Woodford

Bio

Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. He previously served in Congress from March 2008 until January 2011 as the Representative of 14th Congressional District of Illinois. He is the only PhD physicist in Congress. Bill serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, a position he also held in the 110th, 111th, 113th, 114th, and 115th Congresses. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, he advocates for consumer protection and a fair economy for everyone. In response to the Great Recession, he participated in the creation of several important reforms in the financial services and housing sectors, most notably the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In addition, Bill serves as chairman of the Financial Services Committee's Task Force on Artificial Intelligence. He also serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he has fought for evidence-based policies and forward-thinking approaches to some of our country's most pressing issues, including climate change and energy innovation. He also champions sustained federal funding for scientific research. Moreover, Bill serves as the chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which is empowered to investigative and oversee all matters concerning non-defense federal research.

Bill'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.

Before he became a Member of Congress, Bill worked as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He 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 Fermilab's giant particle accelerators. Bill lives in Naperville with his wife Aesook, who is also a physicist. Bill has two grown children, Billy and Christine. Bill's father was a civil rights lawyer who wrote much of the enforcement language behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964.