Bill (Bill) Foster (D-11)

US Representative Bill Foster

Bill (Bill) Foster (D-11)
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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
2000 West Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506
Residence:Naperville, IL

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Research and Development Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Nuclear Security Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Payer State Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Inventions Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Blockchain Caucus
Co-ChairEntrepreneurship Caucus
Co-ChairAdvanced Nuclear Caucus
FC MemberUnited Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Transparency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Policy Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Fusion Energy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship
FC MemberCongressional Advanced Air Mobility Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberCongressional Maker Caucus (3D Printing Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberSemiconductor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
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 Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, a position he's held since 2013. He also represented the 14th Congressional District of Illinois from 2008 to 2011. He is the only PhD physicist in Congress. Bill serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he advocates for consumer protections and an economy that works for everyone. In response to the Great Recession, he helped create several important reforms in the financial services and housing markets, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Bill serves as chairman of the Financial Services Committee's Task Force on Artificial Intelligence. He also serves on the House 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 is a champion for sustained federal funding for scientific research. Bill serves as the chairman of the Science Committee's Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which is empowered to investigate and oversee federal scientific research. In the wake of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Bill was named to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus. The Select Subcommittee is charged with examining the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the use of taxpayer funds to mitigate the public health and economic consequences of the pandemic. 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 Antiproton 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.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Aesook Byon   DOB: 10/7/1955
Counties Representing
Bureau
Grundy
Kankakee
La Salle
Livingston
McLean
Will
Woodford